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Appreciation: The Music of Life

One of the first people in American business to have a salary of over one million dollars was Charles Schwab. He was selected by Andrew Carnegie to become the first president of the newly established United States Steel Company in 1921. Schwab wasn't a genius. He wasn't even the smartest in his industry. When asked in an interview for the secret to his success, Schwab stated:

"I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among my people the greatest asset I possess, and the way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement. There is nothing else that so kills the ambitions of a person as criticisms from superiors. I never criticize anyone. I believe in giving a person incentive to work. So I am anxious to praise but loath to find fault. If I like anything, I am hearty in my approbation  and lavish in my praise. I have yet to find the person, however great or exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than he would ever do under a spirit of criticism."

The need for appreciation ranks among the top of all human needs. You know how great it feels to be appreciated and, hopefully, you know how valuable you can make someone else feel when you show them appreciation.

In many ways, appreciation is just like music. Appreciation, like music, has the power to uplift and encourage. Appreciation, like music, ignites the human heart to a sense of value and importance. Appreciation, like music, is an expression of love and gratitude. Appreciation, like music, energizes and revives. Appreciation, like music, unites. Appreciation, like music, brings joy and comfort. In addition, appreciation and music are both timeless. Their arrival uniquely creates special moments that we hold close in our hearts and minds forever.

Make time to appreciate someone, whether in word or in action. As a result, just like the chorus of a beautiful melody, that same kindness and appreciation will harmoniously flow back to you.

Musically Yours,

Matthew


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