Dick Bolles makes an absolutely glorious point about the virtue of appreciation. In the context of a critic’s review of The Hurt Locker, he says:
In many of the reviews I read daily, on a whole range of subjects besides filmmaking, I am so struck with the underlying view the critics seem to have about intelligence. Review after review bespeaks the idea of “look how intelligent I am, I can see – more than most – everything that’s wrong with this.” (Whatever the this may be.) I was raised with a very different view of intelligence: it valued “look how intelligent I am, I can see – more than most – all the things there are to appreciate, about this.”
Which reminds me to say that the one thing I like best about the resume writing profession is the opportunity it affords me to truly appreciate every client’s career, to look for every nugget of gold, and to shine a spotlight on every achievement no matter how little noticed by the job seeker herself.
Bolles, author of the bestselling What Color is Your Parachute, says we need more people who make appreciation the goal of their career. What do you appreciate in your career?