A few sincere words can have an impact on a life...
The Simple Truths of Appreciation
How each of us can choose to make a difference
"A hug is like a boomerang – you get it right back."
- Bil Keane
Appreciation is wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. -Zig Ziglar. Learn More!
William James, one of the founders of modern psychology said this:
“The deepest principle of human nature is a craving to be appreciated.”
I couldn’t agree more, and in fact, we never know when a few kind words can change a life forever.
That’s what The Simple Truths of Appreciation is all about. You’ll find great stories and great ideas about how to make family members, and members of your team, feel valuable and appreciated. You’ll discover ways you can make a difference; thus, make the world a better place to live.
Today, I’d like to share an unforgettable story about the power of appreciation. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!
An Excerpt From
The Simple Truths of Appreciation
My friend, Bob Danzig, has an amazing story. Simple words of appreciation and encouragement changed his life. Bob was in five foster homes during his youth, and said he spent his childhood trying to find someone to love and appreciate him.
When he was nine years old, he had a new social worker. He said after she had done all the paperwork to move him to yet another foster home, she sat him down, looked him directly in the eyes, and said, “Bobby, I want you to always remember these words: YOU ARE WORTHWHILE!”
Bob says that no one had ever said anything like that to him, and each time they met, she repeated those words. They became an affirmation of appreciation that he heard over and over again in his head.
Bob graduated at sixteen, not because he was smart, he says, but because he got mixed up in the system!
He soon took a job at the Albany New York Times as a copy boy, and his very first boss was a woman named Margaret. After he had worked there about six months, Margaret called him into her office one day and asked him to sit down. He thought for sure he was going to be fired! She looked him right in the eyes and said to him, “I have been the office manager for 15 years—I have been observing you—and I believe YOU ARE FULL OF PROMISE.” Those words, on that day, gave him permission to aspire.
Those two positive messages of appreciation played over and over again in his head and ultimately gave him the courage to be the very best he could be. Sixteen years later he became the Publisher of the Albany New York Times, and seven years after that, he became CEO of Hearst Newspapers, one of the largest newspaper companies in the world—and he credits it all to those simple words of appreciation and love. What a wonderful example of how little gifts of appreciation can make such a difference in a life!
"Your future depends on many things, but mostly yourself.”
Yes, you can achieve all things in life by your attitude to be positive, you have the solution in you, so go forward and use it now!
Together we can make a difference...
About the Author Colin Thompson
Colin is a former successful Managing Director of Transactional/Document Manufacturing Plants, Document Management/Workflow Solutions companies and other organisations, former Group Chairman of the Academy for Chief Executives, Non-Executive Director, Mentor - RFU Leadership Academy, Mentor - Coventry University, Mentor - The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, author/writer Business Advice Section for IPEX, Graphic Display World, NewsUSA, GraphicStart, many others globally, helping companies raise their `bottom-line` and `increase cash flow`. Plus, helping individuals to be successful in business and life in general. Author of several publications, research reports, guides, business and educational models on CD-ROM/Software/PDF and over 2000 articles and 35 books published on business and educational subjects worldwide. Plus, International Speaker/Visiting University Professor.
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