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Touching people’s lives

If you want to be a positive force in people’s lives, you don’t need anyone’s acceptance or permission to do that. Nor do you have to follow anyone else’s standard on how to do it.

There will always be people critical of how you choose to make a positive difference in the world, but the fact is, those people are not your target. Your target is the one person whose life you make a little bit better by being a part of it. And after that person, it’s the next one.

And over time, you can touch many people’s lives in a positive way. And that is something you can do in any way you choose. You don’t have to be perfect. You just have to be you.

Stand behind your work

If people want to appreciate you for something you’ve created – even if you see flaws in it – let them. It is entirely OK to be appreciated & recognized for the things you create even if you’re better now than you were when you created them.

Don’t disparage your work just because you can see flaws in it. If it’s obvious to you what you could have done better, that’s proof you’ve grown. And that’s something to be proud of. And if you created something that people admire, that’s something to be proud of, too.

Don’t deny yourself the recognition for previous accomplishments just because you’ve improved in the time since you accomplished them.

Accepting praise

When you are being genuinely appreciated for something, accept it. And if you know you can improve upon what you are being appreciated for, don’t point it out. Just do it.

Everyone is a work-in-progress. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be appreciated for where we are on our journey.

Just because you’re not on top of the mountain doesn’t mean you can’t be appreciated for the things you’re doing to get there.

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