“We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.”
Drop a pebble in the water,
And its ripples reach out far;
And the sunbeams dancing on them
May reflect them to a star.
Give a smile to someone passing,
Thereby making his morning glad;
It may greet you in the evening
When your own heart may be sad.
Do a deed of simple kindness;
Though its end you may not see,
It may reach, like widening ripples,
Down a long eternity.
When I started reading Carnegie’s secrets in ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ I was surprised by it’s simplicity. Here are a few of his methods:
Show genuine interest in someone else.
Remember people’s names.
Sincerely make someone feel important.
Try to help people. Work on the insecurity and make bold, but humble, asks:
Invite someone to breakfast or coffee.
Ask for a few minutes to chat on the phone.
Listen, smile, and thank them.
“Names are the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”