I’ve been getting a lot of amazingly nice praise recently, which has .given me a chance to practice receiving praise gracefully.
I use a method that helps me avoid some common mistakes in receiving praise:
- Don’t explain the praise away – as in “Aaww, it was nothing special”
- Don’t reject the praise – as in “You don’t need to thank me, I was just doing my job”
- Don’t ignore the praise – as in “How about them Dodgers!”
Remember when people take time out to praise you or something you’ve done, it’s nice to accept the praise in the spirit it’s given.
I recommend this 2-step process for receiving praise:
- Shut up
- Say “Thank you!”
Step 3, jumping up and down, pumping your fist in the air while yelling “I’m the MAN!” is optional and should probably be avoided in many situations.