What is the greatest compliment you ever received?


What is the greatest compliment you ever received?  Not something nice someone said recently that gave you smile, I am talking about a compliment you were paid unexpectedly at some point in your life (might have been recently) that you know you will remember many years from now and that made you feel extremely proud of what someone else recognized in you.  To serve as an example, my response is at the end of this post.

My sincere request is that you give us a few short moments of your reflection and feedback and post a comment to this blog entry before March 31 in answer to this question: “What is the greatest compliment you ever received?”

Please include about how long ago it occurred and if you wish, also include why it was so memorable.  There is no need to identify yourself when submitting your response but you may if you wish.  When I post a future blog (early April) to summarize what we have collectively shared, I will not use any names in my summary if I do draw upon examples.

Here is my answer to the greatest compliment I ever received.  In the early 1990s I worked for a small engineering/architectural firm and we had a summer softball league with other architectural firms in the Philadelphia area.  One evening after a game, I was heading home and my route incidentally had me passing by the neighborhood of our office.  When I left the ball field, I felt that a call to nature was in my near future but I figured I would make it home with no problem.  Well, with a bottle of water and extra traffic, hope soon faded that I would make it home and I stopped at the office to use the facilities.  An administrative assistant that was also a close acquaintance of mine was leaving as I entered the building.  She asked if I was returning to work later.  I told I just stopped by because I really, really had to use the bathroom.  I will never forget what she said next. “Oh Matt, you are so human.”  To this day that is by far the greatest compliment I have ever received because at the end of the day that is all I can truly hope to be.  I will never forget that.

There is my most memorable compliment. What is yours? I look forward to reading some great responses.

Thank you for reading. Have a great day!

Matt G.

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Life-long learner. Collaboration enthusiast. Avid cyclist.
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One Response to What is the greatest compliment you ever received?

  1. Matt Gorman says:

    I will comment on my own post by providing another compliment that perhaps was more meaningful to me than the one I originally posted. I had not originally thought of it because it was a comment that someone said to someone else about me – not to me directly. When I learned of this, I felt proud of it even though I suspect the person who made the remark did not necessarily intend to be a compliment, but rather just an observation.

    It was once said of me that I do not have an ‘angle’ or ‘agenda’. Basically, I was accused of being a rather transparent human being. Yesterday, I attended a webinar presented by Stephen M. R. Covey, author of The Speed of Trust. He talks about the importance of transparency in trustworthiness. If being without an angle is transparent which raises my trustworthiness, then of this I am certainly most proud.

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