Day 966. When problems happen apply your enthusiasm toward finding a solution

March 16, 2014

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles

Day 966.  Friday, November 15, 2013
This afternoon I looked at the guest list with the RSVPs and noticed one of my guests backed out of going.

I was miffed.

I already bought his ticket.  What is he thinking?  Why didn’t he say something?  How inconsiderate.

This troubled me for the day.  I wondered how many others would back out.  As it is, I took a chance and ordered 4 extra tickets.  Now I have to find 5 people to buy the tickets.  What was I thinking?

I reminded myself that it was for a good cause.  The money goes to a church.  Why am I complaining?  Well, I’m complaining because money doesn’t grow on trees!  I argued both sides.  My best conclusion—this was a learning experience—I will not order tickets for our group again.  They can order directly themselves.

I was eager to go to dance class for one reason:  to entice 5 people to go to the event.

I saw Jim and smiled.

Jim:  “Gwen and I will see you tomorrow at the dance party!”

Smiling Daffodil:  “Excellent!”

2 of the extra tickets I bought were for Jim and Gwen—I wasn’t certain they’d come but wanted to be sure I had tickets.  Now I just have 3 tickets to sell!

I saw Tom at the dance—I hadn’t seen him in awhile.

Tom: “Would you like to dance?”

Smiling Daffodil:  “Yes.”

We started dancing.

Smiling Daffodil:  “What are you doing tomorrow?”

Tom:  “Nothing.”

Smiling Daffodil:  “Join us at the dance party!  It’s a swing dance!  It’s minutes from the studio..”

Tom:  “Ok.  I’ll go.”

Relieved, I just had 2 more tickets to move.

I next danced with Irvin and invited him.  He indicated he was interested and would do his best to attend.  He wasn’t a definite yes—more like a maybe.  So I decided to continue my campaign.

Later during the evening Darwin approached me with another student.

Darwin:  “Smiling Daffodil, I’d like you to meet Linda.  I was telling Linda about the dance party we are attending tomorrow.”

Smiling Daffodil:  “Yes, it’s tomorrow at 7 pm… if you’re interested in going—I have a ticket—but I’ll need a commitment today.”

Linda:  “Ok, I’ll go.”

Now I just one more ticket to sell!

The Dale Carnegie principles used in this story are from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living:
Don’t fuss about trifles.
Put enthusiasm into your work.

The lesson in this story:  when things don’t go as planned—don’t give up.  Get creative and see it as an opportunity to adapt and turn the situation around.  By taking this approach you retain control of the matter and you work in a positive way towards finding a solution.  I managed to move 4 out of 5 tickets this evening—all because I used Carnegie’s principles.  Not a bad deal!

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

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