Ken Blanchard puts it: “The best minute I spend is the one I invest in people.” Albert Schweitzer put it: “The only ones among you to be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” Will Rogers put it: “What you’ll remember when you’re old are the things you did for others.”
How do you put it?
How to argue in peace: Hear the other person without interrupting. Begin your response by thinking, “I’d rather be happy than right.” State your fears (inside every opinion that causes a rift is a fear – and we are more willing to give up fears than cherished opinions.) Focus on issues, not personalities.
Life is a series of collisions with the future,” said Ortega y Gasset. “It is not a sum of what we have been but what we yearn to be.” What do you yearn to be?
Did you hand out the reward but forget the recognition? A reward is the car or trip given for past performance. Recognition is the medal or plaque that underscores someone’s value to the group. “A man wouldn’t sell his life,” a WWII soldier explained, “but he would give it for a piece of colored ribbon.“
Part of being your best is looking your best. Remember, you never get a second change to make a first impression.