Nobody wants to be around people who just tolerate them.
Everbody loves to be around people who celebrate them.
Leadership is a skill which can be learned and taught, and one of the most important lessons is celebrating the success of others.
It’s a refreshing change in a “Me First” world: First and foremost, celebrating others is not only the right thing to do, it places those who practice this unique and powerful craft at the top 1% of people others want to be around. It’s easy to celebrate others and it doesn’t have to cost anything. In an age where “selfies” are the mainstream of social media, celebrating others is a refreshing change of pace. People are enchanted by those who place others above themselves. The greats practice celebrating others. Oprah, Ellen, Jimmy Fallon are all quick to congratulate and share the success of those they are around. We love it! We love seeing others genuinely happy about the success of others.
Great leaders celebrate others. You don’t have to spend money on a party, you just need to take interest in those you work alongside. Be aware of the accomplishments and success of those you know and congratulate them in any manner you feel will make them feel great.
It’s healthy! Would you believe that celebrating others is good for your mind? Well, it is. Researchers are finding that people who celebrate others are more grateful, happier, and have lower stress levels. They reduce the stress created by false needs, and the unhealthy emphasis society places on competing with others.
Set a great example and leave a legacy. Now, I don’t celebrate others so I will be remembered well, but that certainly doesn’t hurt. I celebrate others because I enjoy it. It brings me great satisfaction to share in the success of others. The fact that other people admire this unique quality of celebrating others, and that it sets a good example for my children and associates, is just an added bonus. I have no complaints if someone chooses to remember me as a man who celebrated others. What a great legacy that would be!
It’s good for business too! There is no doubt that businesses mail newspaper clippings and throw celebrations for organizations because their hearts and minds are focused on the well being of others, but it is also good for them financially too. Customers and clients choose to associate with those who celebrate the success of those in their communities. It also creates a culture of positive morale and nurtures individual leadership. Higher employee retention and dedicated workers are also a result.
Ideas for celebrating others:
1) Take a “Themsie” and send it to them. Maybe I have coined a new term, but it’s an old school thought. Take a picture of someone, have it printed and mail it to them. Sure you can post it on social media too. That’s great, but there is something magical in a tangible photograph. I have an app on my phone that allows me to send the picture to a printer, have it laminated and mailed via USPS, with a personal note from me. It’s awesome.
2) Mail them a newspaper clipping. Yes, this is really old school. I enjoy it when someone shares a post on social media, but getting a positive clipping in the mail is still really cool and classy.
3) Make your social media 3:1. For everything positive post about yourself, post three about others.
4) Personal notes are the best! Everybody loves a handwritten note, or a phone call, or text message remembering them. Experiment with many ways to celebrate others.