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102 Key Principles for Success

Principle 94 - Be Thankful

People who are liked are more successful than people who are disliked. One way to improve "liking" is to be thankful.

This principle can be seen with the greeting your dog gives you. They're basically saying how thankful they are to see you.

If someone helps you, even if it's their job, always thank them. Otherwise you're taking them for granted.  

It doesn't take much effort to thank people, but it has great benefits.

Co-workers aren't thankful enough. I notice it when I'm not thanked. There may be people who've stopped helping you because you haven't thanked them.

The way you say thank you is also important. "TY" is used in texting. But would you rather see "TY" or "Thank you so much for your help. It's really appreciated."

Who do you need to thank? Is it too late?

My list of what to be thankful for

Allen doesn't thank me for finding an issue with estimated ce as the query is wrong. No spec delivered. No test cases and I tell him privately.

Another time I helped a co-worker with a problem. Some important report was failing and he didn't know what to do. I spend over an hour helping him and as a result I miss my meeting. The co-worker, Ivan, replies via email of how he solved the problem with no mention that I was the one the did 90% of the work. I've done this too. But it shows me that I should always be thankful when someone helps me.

By the way, thanks for buying and reading the book. The best thanks you can give me is to let me know that the principles I've shared with you have helped.

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