Blog every day in May x2: Day 23

Tell us about the best compliment you have ever received.

I guess I would say that the best compliment I’ve received came from a former boss, who told me that I was the best on my team at completing tasks related to inventory and organization, and that was why I was always selected from the group for special projects in that area of our workplace–because our lead manager noticed a difference from when I was working on those projects or not and said that I was his preferred pick to complete those tasks! My cynical side says we’ll see whether I’m still “the best” when it’s time for my yearly evaluation and potential raise, heh heh. But I guess a compliment is a compliment and it’s nice to feel valued.


Things you’ve learned that school won’t teach you 

  • Manners and basic respect for other people, including how to think before you speak!
  • Common sense. There is a difference between knowing something from a book and being able to apply it in real life.
  • How to interpret statistics and data. Numbers are often thrown around without any real comprehension of what they mean or how to apply them!


  • Jasmine

    I think we must be hard workers because the “work” compliments are the ones that stick with us :) Your point about statistics is so true – people are always like “60% of the time it works ALL the time” (points if you know what movie that’s from)

  • Pang Ly

    I’m sure you’ll have a rave review but not sure what is the company policy for raise. Where I work, no matter how great you are, the pay and the raise is 3% at the most. We’ve always been told we won’t be able to get more than that on our annual raise. I’m sure there are exceptions on the down low but those are probably rare occasions as well.
    OMG, you nailed it on the common sense. I can’t deal with people who have no common sense. They drive me bonkers.

    • Martha Woods

      At my job almost everyone gets the same tiny raise unless they think you’ve done a really exceptional job, then you get a few cents more. It’s more about the bragging rights than anything I think! :P But anything is always nice.

      There are too many people out there with no common sense, and it seems they’re always the ones you have to be the nicest to because they’re coworkers or something!!

  • Katrin

    I absolutely agree: there is a difference between knowing something from a book and being able to apply it in real life. I have met many people in my life who thought they are the smartest people on earth but they don’t function at all in real life.

    • Martha Woods

      Book smarts and street smarts! I think I should also have added humility. Knowing a lot of stuff is great but you need to have the humility to admit when you don’t know something and let someone teach you.

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