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self-motivated • delegate • minions
unconditional • firsthand
  1. You are in a high position in the company, and you shouldn't be doing all this yourself. You have responsibility to others.
  2. She just sits in her fancy office all day and tells her what to do.
  3. He is one of those students that teachers love, because he is very .
  4. Not that I would know from experience, but wouldn't traveling by bus be easier?
  5. They have been friends for so long that they have a sort of love between them.
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739 Good Qualities
Matt explains what he thinks makes a good student, friend, parent, and boss.

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I think somebody who is motivated, self-motivated and somebody who takes an interest in what they are doing and works at it.

When you are 'self-motivated,' it means that you are able to get things done on your own, without someone else telling you what to do.

Notice the following:

  1. If you work from home, you have to be a very self-motivated person.
  2. We need self-motivated people to work for our company.

delegate responsibility

He can communicate or she can communicate what they really want for each worker and somebody who can delegate responsibility.

When you 'delegate responsibility,' it means that you divide what needs to be done and give other people tasks to do.

Notice the following:

  1. I think I need to learn how to delegate responsibility.
  2. She has nothing to do all day as she has delegated most or her responsibilities.


They care about what their minions are doing for them.

Here, 'minions' refers to the people who are subordinate in a company, like those people who are doing jobs that require less training than higher positions. When used in a serious way, it is not a very nice way to describe less trained people.

Notice the following:

  1. He makes his minions to do all of the horrible messy jobs.
  2. Send your minions to come and clean my house for me.

unconditional love

I think somebody who just can listen and kind of unconditional love almost or like anything that you do.

'Unconditional love' means that you will love somebody despite of their faults or the horrible things they do.

Notice the following:

  1. True love is pure unconditional love.
  2. Parents love their children with unconditional love.

not that I would know from firsthand experience

A good parent! Not that I would know from firsthand experience, but I think, you know, just somebody who is there always and who takes care of the child.

'Not that I would know this from firsthand experience' means that you have not had any practical experience in what you are talking about.  In the example, Matt is saying that this is what he believes, but he is not a parent.

Notice the following:

  1. I think that a manual car is easier to drive, not that I would know from firsthand experience.
  2. I think a good husband is someone who adores you, not that I would know from firsthand experience.