Make admiration a habit. The more you admire others, the more admiration you will receive in return, because it’s a well-known fact: what goes around comes around! It is this singular change in your attitude that holds the key for you to open up immense opportunities to attain recognition.
Voltaire, the famous 18th Century thinker, writer and philosopher explained appreciation like this:
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”
One of the most important, direct benefits of appreciating others is the opportunity for you to pay attention to and also learn from their actions. It gives you an opportunity to learn a little bit more about the person you just appreciated. This is how you get a chance to accept a different viewpoint and try to duplicate it when you get the chance.
The more successful people come into your fold as your acquaintances, the more successful friends you will make. The more successful your friends, the more successful you will become because a man is known by the company he keeps. You keep the company of giants, you become a giant and when you keep the company of dwarfs, you become a dwarf yourself. Wouldn’t you rather stand tall?
Robert Louis Stevenson, the 19th century Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer said it so well:
“To be rich in admiration and free from envy, to rejoice greatly in the good of others, to love with such generosity of heart that your love is still a dear possession in the absence of unkindness – these are the gifts which money cannot buy”.
The more you share your knowledge the more you will gain. One direct benefit of such appreciation is widening scope of your knowledge-base and giving new hope.
Francis Bacon, the famous 16th Century British philosopher and essayist has equated knowledge to human power by making them synonymous. In furtherance of the same statement, he goes on to say that “hope is a good breakfast but it is a bad supper.”
It is quite obvious that he never advised us to survive on hope alone. Hoping for the best is O.K. but to make it happen is where your knowledge converts to power. However, power needs action to bring in its rewards.
Lord Buddha explained the significance of action in these beautiful words:
“I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act. I do not see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.”
When you analyze these words of wisdom, it becomes apparent that action has no limits and consistent, focused and meaningful action will help you continue to achieve more and more. It is this honed action that is ultimately going to provide the impetus for you to embark upon the path of infinite SUCCESS.