Friday, April 19, 2013

Hard Work Matters

If you and I are facebook friends, you might have seen this status this morning:

So today I interrupt the cleaning and beast mode workouts to bring you this quick post.

It's been... oh, I don't know... 5 kids ago since we last saw live music. So when the opportunity arose to skip folding laundry and go out with my husband and brother-in-law to check out a show where some friends of ours were playing, I gladly accepted.

Two guys we know play in a band called Unseen Masterpiece, they opened the show last night.  They are absolutely phenomenal.  You should all stop what you are doing right now and go to their website HERE and listen to some of their music.  They are that good.  And like their facebook page.  {And no, they didn't pay me off to write that. They have absolutely so no idea that I am mentioning them in this post. They most likely don't even know that this blog exists.}

Anyway, after the show I told one of the guys how good I thought they did.  I was really and truly impressed.  His response is something that I've been thinking about all day.  He said and I quote:

 "Thank you.  We work very hard at it."

I have no doubt that they did, that they do, work very hard at what they do.  It shows.  I am terrible at accepting compliments.  I never know what to say.  I get awkward and uncomfortable and usually blurt out something weird like "Happy Birthday!"  

There was something so powerful to me about that simple statement, "thank you, we work very hard at it."  It was honest and simple.  

Too often we don't want to acknowledge out loud that we've worked hard at something.  In our inability to take a compliment, we lead people to believe that we just have a knack or a "gift" for whatever it is.  For the sake of humility, we imply that we didn't bust our rear ends to get where we are {wherever that is}.  

Hard work matters.  Let's celebrate it, not hide it.  

Did you get a promotion?  Run a PR?  Lose a bunch of weight?  Face a fear?  Quit a bad habit? 

Don't be afraid to say, 

"Thank you.  I work very hard at it."   

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