Bahritu Man of Great Heart Award
Alright, I know you're probably wondering, how can this be the most prestigious award in the world when, until now, you've never heard of it before.
Enough with the suspense; so let me now tell you how this came about.
I am accustomed to being lauded for many things as well as for significant achievements in both my personal and professional life. My wife, kids, many family members, and plenty of friends and colleagues constantly remind me why I am so special in their lives. So, a compliment here and there, which I am always very humbled and honored to accept, does not inflate my head and ego and make them spin in all directions.
However, that being said, I do make it a practice to turn down all invitations to accept awards because of their superficial (and official) nature. I am just not that type of person. Moreover, I just don't really care for these sorts of things and, frankly, don't care to be nor want to be validated by anyone. Just doing the right thing and making a positive difference in someone else's life is good enough for me.
However, when this email landed in my inbox on May 4, 2016, that was something that really came from the heart from Bahritu, (whose full name, I eventually found out, is Bahritu Wodajo), an individual that I had never known before who actually took the time to research me on the internet and send me this message instead of just commenting or clicking the "like" icon:
Thanks Sir, just to say I am impressed by your response/advise to the teen on qoura digest. Keep the good job Man of Great Heart.I salute,
Thus, giving birth to the Bahritu Man of Great Heart Award. That is the most precious award that I could ever receive in my entire life. I will treasure it for life and that is the only award I will ever post on my profile anywhere. That is what I want written on my headstone when I cross over to the next world.
I would rather have the "Bahritu Man of Great Heart Award" than the Nobel Prize or any other prize or award in the world for only one reason: In all the years of my life, just one person, a complete stranger, was able to capture the essence of my being in just four (4) simple words after being indirectly exposed to me for only a few minutes. Thank you Bahritu for touching me so deeply with these words.
I am very pleased and honored to say that this beautiful soul, Bahritu Wodajo, is now a member of the Virtual Organization Management Institute group here on Linkedin - whose enduring friendship I look forward to for the rest of my days.
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