Recently I attended a beautifully catered business event. The food was fantastic, the decor perfect and the service professional.
I looked for the caterer to express my appreciation. When she gave me her business card, I asked her how long she had been in business. The caterer hesitated, then said in an apologetic voice, "Oh, I started just six months ago."
I was struck by her tone.
She had nothing to be apologetic about, yet she diminished herself.
It made me wonder how many times have I done the same.
Why do we apologize for a job well done?
Why do we hesitate when someone compliments us?
Diminishing ourselves is not the same as being humble. Nor is it the same as being appreciative of a compliment.
Let's change the tenor of our conversations.
When someone compliments us, let's say, "Thank you" with a smile of appreciation. When someone notices our skills, let's respond, "Thanks for noticing - I'm working hard at it."
And when we're asked about a launching a new career, let's reply with pride, "I love having the opportunity to follow my passion."
No apologies needed.
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