The human heart was—and remains—a mystery to me. But I’m learning. I have to. —Anthony Bourdain

Finding happiness in other people’s success

I got this the other day. It was a meeting of the whole Philippine office at work, and I almost teared up. It was a simple gesture. This person had gotten their business cards due to a recent promotion, and they handed this over while a talk by one of our bosses was going on.

See, I’m not really the most emotional of people (well, that’s a debatable statement), but I really had to blink back the tears that were perilously coming to the surface.

Because the statement is true. I really was proud. I was pushing for this all along, I saw this person’s hard work and diligence, and rallied for the recognition. This is the most important business card in my wallet, and I hope that this person continues to do well, because they really deserve anything that’s coming to them.

I’ve never been happier in anything in my career than in that moment, right there.

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