Amybeth Hale – Research Goddess

One Little Life Lesson
June 5, 2007, 3:25 pm
Filed under: Thoughts

I have observed successful people for the majority of my adult life, and I wanted to share a life lesson that I have learned from the best of the best:

No matter how busy you are, always make time to talk with people who seek you out.

I’ve watched so many people blow off individuals who have later gone on to accomplish great things. I’ve also observed people who take time to have a conversation with others, return phone calls, and just be there. While I believe it is good to keep yourself productive as much as possible (notice I did not say “busy” because you can be busy but not be productive!!), if you give the impression that you are so “busy” all the time, people will eventually stop trying to get time on your schedule and you will miss that window of opportunity to be an influence in their lives. This applies in both your professional and personal lives!

Don’t get me wrong: it is important to filter your conversations. Don’t waste a lot of time with people who just want to gripe and complain about things without seeking solutions to their challenges. You are not a trashcan with a hairy lid! But make time to network with and listen to people. I believe in this wholeheartedly, because you’ll never know if a seemingly insignificant conversation in your mind may have inspired someone and changed the course of their life.


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This is very much one of the most important aspects of socal networking. Anyone can be a source of help.

Comment by James Guske

Nice article. Even if we our so busy, we must give a little to spent mostly in our family. We must have a conversation even though just a little time. To let them feel they are important. I have a military friend. When he came home, he always give his full time to his family. With his two kids and her wife. Because we don’t know what will happen to us. Now, tomorrow, in the next day or in the next month… Just take your time when they are free to talk , free to laugh or even free to cry. And also give your moral support in times of problem. Be in yourself.

Comment by Marian

Dear Amy,

I have a friend who just wants to bitch and moan… etc. What should I do?

The Recruiting Animal

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