Day 935. Try to be part of the solution—focus on doing your best.

October 16, 2013

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles

Day 935.  Tuesday, October 15, 2013
This morning I received an email from Susan.

Susan:  “Smiling Daffodil, do you have any suggestions on the following matter…?”

I read the email and my gut reaction was, “No, I do not have any suggestions.  Go away.”

But I knew better than to reply in that manner.  Instead I let the topic simmer in my head and I moved on to other tasks.

Towards the end of the day I returned to the email and read it in a more thoughtful manner.  I sat and studied the matter.  Then I came up with a couple of ideas.

I shared the ideas with my coworker, Charlie, because the ideas would largely affect his work.

Smiling Daffodil:  “Charlie, I’m not certain if these ideas will work.  What do you think of the following?”

Charlie listened and agreed.

We talked our ideas out further and he came up with additional ideas.

In just a short period of time we were able to come up with several new opportunities to increase the company’s annual revenue.  All it took was having an open mind, a team effort and a positive attitude.

Before leaving the office I presented the new ideas to management, who approved the ideas.

The Dale Carnegie principle used in this story is from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living:
Do the very best you can.

The lesson in this story:  It’s very tempting to feel inconvenienced with people’s requests for help.  After all, you’re busy, you’re not interested, you may have better things to do—or maybe it’s just the wrong time of day.  Whatever it is—try to have an open mind before dismissing or declining to offer your help.  Try to be part of the solution—focus on doing your best.

I know my patterns of behavior well enough that inspiration does not happen in the morning but rather, in the afternoon.  This is why I let the matter alone until I was ready to focus on the task when I’d be most able to do my best.  Imagine the missed opportunity for revenue had I rejected to help!

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

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