Old Pieces of Advice (that still works) On Dealing With People
“This is it! There’s no turning back. I am facing the big BUSINESS picture.” – telling this to myself as I am about to meet 1,000+ people from all walks of life. On the way to that conference room, I turned the radio on to ease my jitters. Instead of hearing music, I was just on time on Francis Kong’s business commentary. So I listened and found these helpful words of advice perfect for the day (and might be a great help for you too!):
From an anonymous source comes this material:
Some people are like wheels – they don’t work unless they’re pushed.
Some people are like trailers – they have to be pulled.
Some people are like kites – always up in the air, and if you don’t keep a string on them, they fly away.
Some people are like canoes – they have to be paddled.
Some people are like footballs – you never know which way they are going to bounce next.
Some people are like balloons – always puffed up, and you never know when they are going to blow up.
Some people are like flat tires – they have to be jacked up.
Some people are like good watches – pure gold, open-faced, always on time, dependable, quietly busy and just full of good works.
Given a specific place, there’ll be different people with different characters and personalities who have to coexist with one another. These differences are the reason why people often don’t get along well with each other. So how do we effectively deal with the differences and with different people?
Here are a few suggestions. This material is an oldie, but it still resonates very sound advice:
People can be unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest people with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for some underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
Whether you like it or not, doing business comes with dealing with people. So does building a career and raising a family. It’s because life is all about people.
Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends upon what you are made of.
I’ve realized that I haven’t exactly been the perfect worker in the work place. I have made life difficult for a lot of people, caused trouble for some and been a source of others’ disappointments. At one point or another, I’ve been like a wheel, a trailer, a kite, a canoe, a football a balloon and a flat tire. With all these, I‘ve learned a lot of things.
I have learned that people will fail me as I have failed them. I have learned that while every person changes through the years, we need to make sure that we change for the better, not the worst.
Living the successful life is simple. Just love God and love your neighbor. It’s easy too –with a generous help of God’s grace.
I wasn’t really ready for the underdogs or the top dogs but I think I can do this now – learning to find something likeable in all the people I will soon to meet.
P.S. It feels good to be back. To all my friends here, I have missed you and a lot of your posts! Thank you for still dropping by here and will write more about being away from the blog-spotlight in the coming days. Meanwhile, check this out.