Everyone likes to be praised for their work and footballers are no different but the key thing is staying level-headed.
In my younger days, sometimes family and personal life came second to my ambition.
Like individuals in all walks of life, footballers want stability and we have families to look after.
When you've only got two days between games the recovery process is key.
I was always a big guy. You see my family - my brothers are the same size.
My arms are probably the same size as John Terry's legs.
Sometimes it's nice to be a bit different.
That's one reason fans take to me. They like the battle side of it. They look at me and think this guy shouldn't be on the pitch, he's just bulldozing his way through.