A topic of conversation lately has been that of receiving “kudos” or accolades. I don’t like public presentation of accolades. I want to hear a genuine, unsolicited response from in the moment. I’ve won a number of awards over the years and that’s all well and good but, the moments I feel like I’ve accomplished something are when I hear an “Oh my God” and gasp of excitement when someone sees something I’ve done for the first time.

I’ll take that over a public “great job”. I’ll take a notecard that’s just between the two of us that simply says, “Thank You!” and be happy.