The role of praise

If you are leading people, it is your duty to identify and praise the good work of the people you lead.

On the other hand, if you are the one who is supposed to receive the praise, you have a couple of choices.

You can wait for the praise, build up the expectation, imagine and wonder how it would feel, rehearse what you are going to say, make of the praise the motivator for your next endeavour, and inevitably feel down should the praise not come.

Or you can increase the awareness around the fact that it is not the praise that makes your work good, be proud of what you know you have achieved, and move on to the next task.

[…] a lot of our wrong conceptions, or many of them, have to do with wrong conceptions about what is happiness and what is the cause of happiness. So we think, sense objects, external things, external people, that those things are the source of our happiness and so “I want this. This can make me happy and this is gonna make me happy, and they’re all mine. I’m not going to give them up.”

Venerable Thubten Chodron

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