A genuine compliment can go a long way in boosting confidence and self-esteem, not just to the recipient but for the one giving it as well.
This time around, I’ll be talking about… you guessed it… giving compliments! I recently complimented a few persons, simply because they made a positive impact on my life and/or I admired the way they handled a situation and I just wanted to say how awesome I think they are.
On giving compliments (and according to my experience), some people are thankful when they are complimented while some don’t reply. Let me hasten to say I’m totally fine with the latter since I never expect anything in return.✌
But then again, there are always exceptions. This one gentleman (I won’t say his name) replied by criticizing my work, then tried to sell me his services. That was wild! Ha. Honestly, I don’t know what the takeaway lesson was from that encounter.
Nonetheless, I am a firm believer in the idea that everything you give comes back to you many times over. Here are 3 persons I recently gave a compliment to. Who knows, they might inspire you to.
♛ I decided to send a compliment after watching this video. L.A. Reid’s profound thoughts on leadership and the importance of having a vision jumped out at me while listening to his presentation. It was inspiring hearing him relate his journey and experiences, and the fact that he was involved with so many incredible artists.
♛ After reading this article about Mikkel Eriksen’s outstanding work with Stargate and how he rose from humble beginnings, I decided to share my regards. As a migrant myself (from France) who came to North America and co-founded a music startup, I thought I’d reach out to say hi, and let him know that his story and journey have inspired me. It doesn’t hurt that his genius work has resulted in some of my favorite songs over the years.
♛ I stumbled upon this interview featuring former NFL player, Adam Edwards. I reached out to let him know how much I enjoyed reading about his journey. I found value in what his had to say to athletes seeking a career change. Although I’m not an athlete, the message was well received and I’m sure it applies to people in other fields. After a few exchanges between us, I must say Adam has an amazing soul.
When was the last time someone gave you more than just a casual compliment – a genuine, heartfelt praise? How did you feel afterwards?