Fascinated and deeply moved by the book I am currently reading, "Sapiens, a Brief History of Humankind", by Yuval Noah Harari, and before finishing it, I had a quick look at the "acknowledgements" page, I was curious to know who Yuval Noah Harari would acknowledge, and what for.
And first, I was a bit disappointed, seeing a whole bunch of people being thanked for their "advice and assistance".
And then, I saw this wonderful sentence: " Special thanks to Jared Diamond, who taught me to see the big picture".
It really impressed me, and immediately raised a lot of questions: how Jared Diamond managed to teach that? How long did it take, with what sort of theories, exercises, behaviours, hard and soft skills? Do we need to be a famous scientist, a Pulitzer Prize author, a wonderful pianist, and to have received the National Medal of Science, to be acknowledged for teaching somebody "to see the big picture"?
Hopefully not. But still. It is not so easy to be acknowledged for something really meaningful for us, isn't it?
So maybe the best way would be:
- to question ourselves: "what would I love to be acknowledged for?"
- And then, to work hard and give it to as many people as we can! :-)
We never know: maybe someone, one day, will acknowledge you for that. Or maybe not. But anyway, you will know for sure that you gave it, and that it was meaningful for you and useful for them. So you will be able to acknowledge yourself for that!