Margaret Thatcher, prime Minister of The United Kingdom, 1979 – 1990
“Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”
Isn’t it fun to be stuck somewhere listening to someone boast about themselves? If you are detained long enough, you may get their entire life story, hearing how they were influential in all the amazing events of the world. When you hear that they probably assisted in the creation of the earth, it may be time to throw in a large amount of salt.
The phrase “take it with a grain of salt” is very timely in this case since you can’t accept boasting as truth in its original state. Salt alters the taste of food and makes it more palatable.
The very act of bragging about one’s accomplishments shows that the person feels inadequate about the situation and must embellish it to seem more important than they really were at the time.
Hey, why not just become a better person and then others will notice and boast about you instead of having to do your own sales job?
One way to get this started is to obviously live your life in such a manner that others will WANT to speak well of you. Second, find good things to say about others. I don’t mean fluffy, insincere praise, I mean promote others in a truthful way that helps them in their own journey of life.
As you concentrate on that task, you will be surprised to find later how many people are speaking well of you! It is natural to feel warm feelings for someone who has supported you in full view of others. Diverting your attention from yourself not only stops your boasting tendencies that others hate to listen to, but it increases your integrity in their eyes.
Soon you will find that you actually ARE praiseworthy, and others will return the favor in spades. Don’t say what you wish you were, BECOME what you want to be.
“When boasting ends, there dignity begins.”
Owen D. Young
A link to a Values for Life!! Blog article on this subject will be included in the show notes.
Margaret Thatcher on Wikipedia
Margaret Thatcher Foundation