What’s the best (or rather, worst) backhanded compliment you’ve ever received? If you can’t think of any — when’s the last time someone paid you a compliment you didn’t actually deserve?
My boss told me once that I was always perfect in my work at the newsroom. But It wasn’t a compliment. It was a complain. He was angry, trying to tell me that I was too slow delivering my reportage because of my obsession to check and re-check the facts, and edit and re-edit the texts to make sure that all was accurate and without errors. He preferred speed. The deadline was pressing him. (To me too). To convince me to stop reviewing my work and deliver immediately whatever I was doing, he used to tell me a Spanish saying who goes: “Best is enemy of Good.” I ended hating those words.
Why, Thank You?.