By Ted Schredd
Many moons ago I worked with a sand
scupture building team. We would enter contests
on the beach. At
most events there were thousands of spectators
who would approach you either while you were
or after the project was done.
“You are so creative, you are so talented,
you people are amazing”, were just some
of the comments. After hearing that a few hundred
times you really came to believe it to be true.
Total strangers lined up waiting to build your
confidence and stroke your ego. I remember being
on an emotional high for days afterwards glowing
in all that praise.
So I thought it would be really cool to pass
this experience on to one of my friends. So I
called up twenty people and passed on a phone
number for my friend. The instructions were to
call this person up and leave some kind of compliment
either to the person directly or on their answering
machine; and then hang up. They didn’t
need to leave a name or why they were calling – just
leave the compliment. It worked like a charm.
I remember when the favor was returned to me.
My phone kept ringing and ringing, “Ted
you are fantastic you can do anything CLICK” “Ted
you can achieve your dreams CLICK”. I had
no idea who these people were they just kept
calling and telling me I was great. It always
set a very confident tone for the rest of the
day and the week.
This is a no cost way to make people
feel fantastic. If you ever stumped for a birthday
it for a birthday. Try it on somebody who needs
a little morale boost. Do it for the sheer entertainment
value. Make your friends feel fantastic.