Speak Well of Others

This is a quick and dirty post, but today is a good day for me and I want to tell you why. I’m currently in a middle-management role at my job. One of my people noticed something wrong, reported it to me, and the resulting investigation found a huge system error that saved my company a lot of money. Saving my company money isn’t what makes this awesome though. What makes this awesome is that I have a solid example of someone kicking ass that I can send to upper management. I love it when this happens because I get to report positive results and efforts that may benefit that person down the road when it comes to bonuses or promotions.

I am a strong believer in merit above all else. I don’t care whether you are a man or a woman, twenty-two or eighty-five, or what color your skin is. A good person who does a good job deserves recognition. It makes my day when I can make that happen, and when a person hears through the grapevine that you went out of your way to support them it can make an impact that lasts a lifetime and forms a bond stronger than steel.

Think about a time when you heard someone was talking negatively behind your back. How did it make you feel? Probably pretty crappy, right? Now think about a time when you heard someone was talking you up to others or fighting for you when you weren’t there. How did you feel about that person after hearing that? Which of those people would you rather be, and how would you rather be thought of by others? Do you want to be the insecure, jealous person who puts down others accomplishments and efforts, or do you want to be the confident, charismatic person that others look to for encouragement and motivation?

I’d like to be the latter. If you would too, I challenge you to go out, recognize someone who is giving something their all, and tell others what a great job they are doing. Better yet, I challenge you to try and say only positive things about others for a week and share how it changed your relationships and life with me and the other readers of this blog.  Benjamin Franklin once said, “I will speak ill of no man and speak all the good I know of everybody” and the dude ended up with his face on the $100 bill, an icon of success. I plan on following Ben’s lead.

Thanks for reading.

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