Day 927. Want to motivate someone? Throw down a challenge!

October 8, 2013

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles

Day 927.  Monday, October 7, 2013
Smiling Daffodil:  “Charlie I found the job for me!  Look!”

Charlie looked at the job description and shared my excitement.

Smiling Daffodil:  “It’s perfect for me but I’m not qualified.”

Charlie:  “What?”

Smiling Daffodil:  “I don’t have the following experience…”

Charlie:  “You’re kidding me, right?  Let me send you a link.  See that blog?  That blog proves you can do it.Smiling Daffodil:  “I don’t have formal training in that field.  It’s just a hobby.

Charlie and I discussed it more.  Then we came up with an idea.

Smiling Daffodil:  ”I’m going to prove you wrong! ”

Charlie:  “What you really mean is you’ll prove I’m right!”

Smiling Daffodil:  “Exactly!”

So we got to work on a new challenge that will test my photography skills.

Charlie:  “I’ll bring an object tomorrow for you to photograph.  I think you’ll like it.  In the meantime.. try photographing the following…”

Excitedly I agreed.  I went home and photographed the item he suggested and with success.

The Dale Carnegie principle featured in this story is from How to Win Friends and Influence People:
Principle 21.  Throw down a challenge.

The lesson in this story:  Setting goals and challenges are great motivators and can help you overcome doubt.  My initial thought of “I can’t” can be transformed into “I’ll show you I can!” when a goal is set.  It’s all in how the challenge is presented.

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles By The Smiling Daffodil


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