Then next time someone tells you you’re amazing, let that be all you hear. Leave the conjunctions in compliment hell where they belong. Look, I’ll always prefer medium rare steak. That doesn’t mean lobster isn’t delicious and that someone wouldn’t kill for it…it just means I want medium rare steak. We always want to be the favored one. We will always want to be the favored one even when the one across from us isn’t the one we favor.
So next time, pretend you’re a restaurant. You’re a brand new restaurant on the market. You want all the five- and four-star reviews you can get. Just get people singing your praises left and right, spreading the word to their friends, their colleagues, their family about what a classy restaurant you are. Get all the accolades and the awards and the kudos and the Yelp reviews and the covers of Bon Appetit. Do everything in your power to make yourself the restaurant you dreamed of…and then eventually, when you’re working hard and loving every minute of it, someone will walk in and say, “This is my favorite restaurant in the world,” and they’re gonna mean it.”