It takes as little as one word. One word from a co-worker, blog commenter, or Stack Overflow user can make you feel like a champ. (Or a chump, depending on the word.)
(Let’s focus on feeling like a champ.)
What’s the greatest compliment you ever received about your professional work? Did someone compliment your tenacity, your calm under pressure, your ability to make chaos orderly, or maybe how you rescued a doomed project? Do you remember you felt when you heard it? Does it still influence you today? Share it in the comments!
Here’s mine, from 2010: “You’re a great researcher.”
When I think about all the different ways being a good researcher makes me better at my work, I can’t help but put that compliment at the top of my list. I’ll never forget it. What compliment will you never forget?
Erik says: The best compliment I ever got? “Your a idiot.”
Brent says: “You’re taller than you look on the webcasts.”