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Thank You

The other day a friend named Michael Mantell was listed among the nation's leading 100 figures in the fitness industry. Unlike many others on the list who seem to have been included due to their celebrity names, Michael is a psychologist by training who was moved by the epidemic of poor health that he saw and has truly devoted great energies towards re-training himself and placing himself in a position to make a real positive difference in the lives of many. And, in the past decade he has really made a difference, helping both individuals with their life challenges as well as helping to rethink the fitness industry so it can better serve people's needs.

Michael and I are Facebook friends and when I looked at my Facebook page I noticed many messages of congratulations for him. One of the messages was different and it was from my wife, Marisol. Hers said, "Thank you for making a better world."

When I asked her about it,  Marisol explained to me that she saw "congratulations"messages as inappropriate aggrandizements and felt that a "thank you" made more sense. She continued that in her observation our society is oddly inclined to worship people for their accomplishments when appreciation for their efforts and expenditure of energy would make more sense. I reflected upon my own career with this thought and realized that the "thank you's" I have received have been so much more meaningful and have felt so much more appropriate than any words of praise or congratulations.

I think that we are all designed to be of value to others and society, and the fulfillment of doing so is itself a great reward. Appreciation rather than aggrandizement seems right.

Thank you Michael. And thank you Marisol.

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