Though I love my Alma Mater I don’t think it was the robust academia that molded my mind, it was everything outside the classroom. The people you meet, the events you put on through student groups and the conferences you attend. Academics, grades and going to class are just the tip of the iceberg if you really want to learn. It’s not a secret either, it’s actually very simple, get involved, do as much as you can, meet as many people as you can. Take Mark Twain’s advice to heart:
“I never let school get in the way of my education.”
The other day I found myself in a very interesting conversation about strangers.
Her: “I always try to be as nice as possible to strangers”
Me: “Really? Why?”
Her: “Well, you never know who that person is and what if they’re the most important person in the World?”
Me: “So you assume everyone you meet/talk to is the most important person in the World?”
Me: I didn’t say anything just had a small explosion go off in my head.
My boss has always told me when going to a small town bar, make sure you treat the waitress like gold because she probably owns the place. I think this is a great metaphorical life lesson.
The person who I know who is the best at dealing with people does this all the time. You can see it when he talks to anyone, yes I mean anyone, he gives them the time of day, he truly cares about what they think and he makes them feel like they are the most important person in the world. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, this strategy works wonders for building your personal and professional relationships.
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