Saturday, May 14, 2005


Have you noticed that in our 'adult life' we very rarely receive any direct praise for what we do, our acheivements, or for 'just being there'? When was the last time somebody said that you that something you did was great, or that you are doing really well? Not just any old praise - but the kindergarden type where you correctly indentified that 2 time 3 equals 6 and you get that enthusiastic "very good!".

You may say that we do get praise in moments of great acheivement. Like in graduations for example where you get applauded for surviving the academic process. But to be honest, applause is just a token gesture really... or at least, i rarely put any 'real praise' into it.

So having said all that, i guess it makes it extra special when one does receive this 'praise'.


At 11:37 AM, Blogger Sevenchild said...

Um... not quite sure I agree with you there.

I get directly praised all the time, sometimes it's coz I go looking for it :) tho' most times, it just comes. Maybe i'm just brilliant. :)

At 11:58 AM, Blogger JumpingPuddles said...

Perhaps what i was trying to say is that 'praise' is rarely given/received during uni life. In many ways, your uni achievements are hidden... secure in a website where only you have access. Your lecturers never/rarely give you that personal thumbs up (and if so, its only thru a letter which they signed). Comparatively, i just find it a shock that in working life, people are so complimentary and appreciative of the work you do. They actually think that it's good, and they tell you so. Which i think is nice...:)

At 3:03 PM, Blogger Sevenchild said...

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At 3:09 PM, Blogger Sevenchild said...

Whilst hidden secure on a website as you say, surely 'university success' can't be narrowed down to the percentages on your scorecard! R, to the extent that your personal 'university success' secured your current job, absolutely. But the reason you are still employed is presumably b/c you are good at what you do. The fact you get praise is recognition that you are.

I digress. University, and more broadly speaking, academic success means jack all, and I have Einstein, Bill Gates and Richard Branson to back me up. I encounter so many supposed brains who are to be articled in big renowned firms as well as the Big4, and I just want to laugh.

Obviously, this topic is very dear to my cynical little heart, and I feel sorry for those who are too narrow-minded or superficial to wake up to the real world. More still, I send my most sincere well wishes to those who feel inclined to denigrate others for the sake of elevating their own egos, as they obviously need the well wishes more than I.

I say no more.

At 12:41 AM, Anonymous Cody said...

Thanks so much for this post, pretty worthwhile material.


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