A delicious custard cake – the kind that melts in your mouth – is wasted on someone who doesn’t take the time to appreciate it. So are beautiful beaches, good teammates, the smell of flowers, supportive partners, good health, and thoughtful managers.
Lacking appreciation, it turns out, makes getting more a leaky bucket problem. It doesn’t matter how much effort you put into getting more – it won’t count for much.
We spend large swathes of our day working on skills (productivity, skills that make us better at our jobs) that are directed at helping us get more.
What if we siphoned off a portion of that effort to develop our appreciation skills instead?