Caring is Good for Business
I have a business card I recently acquired, and I love the quote on the backside. "To inspire and nurture the human spirit - one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time."
Connections are made when people care. This quotation communicates care and love to me. I've also been reading Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends & Influence People, and I think this message is throughout that book.
I don't set out not to care, but as you know life happens, and sometimes that happens. All of us fight through fear, hunger, fatigue, and we re-live present experience through the lens of past bad experiences. Our minds gravitate to the negative, and we trudge through life with this on repeat.
It's hard. Our communities are important places we find ourselves to receive comfort when life doesn't pan out the way we want. We want others to feel love and care, but sometimes we are ignorant about how to best go about that. Here's what I have found.
Listening with no intent to one up someone is a powerful habit that can turn someone's life around. You can do this at home, work or the bowling alley.
I've got to do better about this next habit. I need to look other people in the eye with a smile or simple, "How are you?" My friend Terry Smith is an example for this kind of care and concern in personal or business settings. My friend Ty is the same way. My friend Bryan is only a text away from extending care on a personal and business level. When I need face to face contact, and my schedule allows I go by my friend Amy's used book store, and we mutually give each other hope to put one foot in front of the other.
This habit may take some new actions that take us out of our comfort zones, but it's worth it to disrupt the old routine to make the world a better place.