But what set the evening apart for me was I knew each man’s name and unlike the other fans that evening, I addressed each man personally by name, looked him in the eye, held his gaze for a moment as I shook his hand & thanked him for the difference he had made in my life.
Because without that soul enriching Motown music, I may not have made it through a lot of the pain & turmoil of my early life when I often contemplated suicide.
Or sees it so deeply in my eyes and hears it in the tone of my voice that they receive it pure and true such that it could never be mistaken for an off-hand compliment or simple courtesy. For me it’s been a profound life changer in so many ways I could write a book about it and never cover the impact it has made on me and the people I’ve been able to acknowledge.
It is delivered as genuinely and honestly as you would thanking your parents for giving you life or telling your child how much you love them. Let me give you an acknowledgement sample, an acknowledgement example from my own life to help illustrate this.
A few years ago I had the good fortune to go see Motown legends, The Funk Brothers play a concert in the Detroit suburb of Auburn Hills.
If you don’t know who the Funk Brothers are, I suggest you go get a copy of the incredible documentary STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN.
Suffice to say, these incredible musicians were the backbone of Berry Gordy’s Motown music empire and for most of their lives these musicians were unknown to the public and never given due credit for the amazing contributions they made to more #1 hit songs than the Beatles, Rolling Stones & Elvis Presley combined!
So, after the concert, I had the distinct pleasure of being able to meet the Funk Brothers after the show & spend some time talking to them.
Many other fans were there as well because these men were very accomodating & open to finally meeting their fans after all these decades in obscurity.
My personal favorite among the success secrets I use on a regular basis is the powerful success secret of knowing how to acknowledge someone. It’s perfectly okay because so few people use this success secret these days let alone know how to use this success secret properly that I don’t mind you laughing, pointing fingers and completely dismissing this topic entirely. It’s not about kissing someone’s ass or being phony with a compliment just to gain a favor or good will.
That just helps keep acknowledgement all the more powerful and effective for me and those few who still use this success secret. Most people see right through that act and you actually come across as insincere or worst case scenario, a fraud or phony. Acknowledgement is about being genuine, being real, being honest and delivering more than just a compliment.
Acknowledgement is about honoring someone by recognizing their accomplishment or something they’ve done that has made a significant difference.
This could be a significant difference the person has made in your life or in the life of someone close to you, or even someone else who has in turn influenced you in some way, shape or form.