In line with the month of reflection, I’d like to share with you another rule I live by.
When someone gives you a compliment,
take it, and say “thank you.”
Don’t argue, or self-deprecate.
I know it’s often a cultural thing,
but stop doing it.
Understanding your own self-worth
is not arrogance.
The reason why you never feel amazing,
is that you keep defending
society’s mandate of mediocrity.
You are allowed to be awesome.
I do not buy into this whole “humility is a virtue” crap. I do not listen when advertisements or religious officials tell me that I am not good enough as I am. I will not feel ashamed of my talents or my accomplishments; I will take pride in them. That’s not arrogance. That’s a natural reward for doing a good job.
Why is it so hard to take a compliment? Why do we feel compelled to say things like: “Oh, well, actually this dress is kind of old,” or “Yeah, well, the top of the cake kind of cracked. Sorry about that,” or “Eh, well, I guess it was a pretty good test but I really screwed up on the section about thermo-dynamics”?
Don’t excuse away your own excellence. Recognize when you’ve done a good job and accept praise when you receive it.