I remember one time tuning into the Emmy Awards. Although I do preach the value of applause and recognition, these types of shows don’t usually float my boat. For the good of the marriage, I find myself tuned in from time to time.
During one particular broadcast the host said something very interesting during her opening monologue. The message was salted with humor, but delivered a beauty of a message just the same.
In effect, she reminded all the nominees that regardless whether they won or lost they would remain the same person. Phrased another way, you are who you are regardless of what others may think.
As a public speaker who imitates a human dart board every time he goes to work, this thought rang loud and clear. How often do we all determine our value and worth through the judgment of others. I know us “speakers-for-hire” often do.
But when you stop to think about what is going on, you are who you are regardless of what I think. Just the same, we all seem to thrive on other’s approval.
Don’t get me wrong. I realize how good a sincere pat on the back feels. I for one appreciate a little applause now and then (a lot of applause is usually better) But if you are a good, hard working, honest person, with good intentions as your guiding light, and you deliver a good service or product, who cares what the rest of us think? By now you should know that you can’t please everybody.
Message time: If you are one of the good guys, keep doing what you are doing. If you personally feel that you may be coming up short (and only you know this for sure), then today is the first day on the road to professional and personal improvement. Fix yourself.
The four areas you might want to think about involve: your attitude; your exercise regimen; your eating habits; and your work ethic. These four areas should keep you busy for a while.
And while you’re at it, get up, get out and make more people glad they know you. Have a great day and do what you have to do to make a stranger “smile.”
Mike Marchev has plenty of stories, strategies and tactics to keep you on top of your game.
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