Great Lessons About Work and Gratitude

June 30, 2020 by

Frank Blake

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I enjoy re-reading books. 

On the second or third time through, I feel free to skip over some sections or spend more time on others, without doing violence to the author’s intent. This week I re-read Tim Ferriss’s Tribe of Mentors, which is a book designed to be re-read, picked through for its wisdom, and returned to again. 

On the first time through, I missed the following quote from Ashton Kutcher:

“Be polite, on time, and work really f*****g hard until you are talented enough to be blunt, a little late, and take vacations. And even then…be polite.”

Lessons Handed Down — or Found in Surprising Places

On the same day that I made a note of this quote — and laughed at its direct and energetic way of delivering a lesson taught by parents across the world — I received a “thank you” letter. 

The message came from one of the recipients of our Crazy Good Turns recognition program. 

I’m not sure how she got my address. And I was not expecting to receive thank you’s from our award recipients…that’s absolutely not necessary. But the letter was a reminder of the truth of Kutcher’s comment. 

Here’s what her message said:

“The very mom who contacted you about my ‘crazy good turn’ is the person to be praised. She brought us up to be kind, honest and respectful of others. I was, in a phrase, ‘raised right.’ 

Reading some of the stories on your site gives lots more insight into the kind, generous, selfless acts of others who were ‘raised right’ too. Their contributions far eclipse mine.”

A Reminder About What Matters

I’ve learned a tremendous amount in the four years we’ve been doing the Crazy Good Turns podcast. 

I’ve learned about the extraordinary kindnesses of others; about profound acts of generosity; about people committed to making a difference for others; and about listeners and readers who will take time out of their day to help celebrate good turns. 

The best lessons, though, are in being reminded of what we all already know. 

Be polite. 

Give thanks to those around you. 

Do it often, and someone might just give you the ultimate compliment and say you were raised right.

I’d love to hear from you: What’s an example of an important lesson you’ve learned from someone else? Email me here and let me know. I’d love to share your answers with my friends and followers on Twitter

 

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