APPRECIATION IS A WAY TO BLESS PEOPLE (praise, thanksgiving)
Flattery is shallow, selfish and insincere, but appreciation comes from the heart.
In all of our relationships we must never forget that all our associates are human beings and hunger for appreciation. It is the legal tender that feeds the soul.
Feed the soul of others by blessing them.
The first million dollar man from Dale Carnegie’s book, “How to win friends and influence people”
One of the first people in American history to be paid a million dollars a year (when a person earning 50.00 a week was considered well off) was Charles Schwab.
He was picked by Andrew Carnegie to become the new president of US steel, in 1921, at only 38 years old. Why did Andrew Carnegie pay over 3000 a day to Charles Schwab? Because he was a genius? No. Because He knew all about Steel? No. Because of his skill with people. Andrew Carnegie was a master with people.
He was paid this amount of money because of his ability to deal with people.
In the very words of Andrew Carnegie. “I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among my people the greatest asset I possess, and the way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement. There is nothing that so kill’s ambition than criticism from superiors. I am anxious to praise, but loath to find fault. If I like anything, I am lavish in my praise.
In my wide associations in life, meeting with many great people and in various parts of the world, I have yet to find the person, however great or exalted in his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than he ever do under a spirit of criticism.
Schwab began his career as an engineer in Charles Schwab’s steelworks, starting as a stake-driver in the engineering corps of the Edgar Thomson Steel Works and Furnaces in Braddock, Pennsylvania. He was promoted often, including to the positions of general superintendent of the Homestead Works in 1886 and general superintendent of the Edgar Thomson Steel Works in 1889.
Appreciation is affirmation, praise, honor – the supplying of dignity and worth upon a person.
Let’s be busy in this mission today, that is, making others feel good about themselves and pointing them to Jesus the ultimate restorer of destiny.
Lord I will let your enthusiasm flow through me to day. I will let you minister your love through me today.