The key to your GSD is to avoid being overly pushy, which turns people off and makes them back away from helping you. I’ll admit that it’s been a lifelong challenge for me to learn when to back off if I’m coming on too strong and to appreciate that other people sometimes enjoy a stroll instead of a sprint. I rein myself in by frequently using the four most important phrases in business and life:
I can’t tell you how often I’ve decided against hiring someone, agreeing to be a mentor, or taking on a client because he or she can’t say these four simple things. The first two require basic manners. When you say “please” you’re reminding yourself and acknowledging to others that nobody owes you anything and their help to you is a gift. When you say, “thank you” you’re taking the time to acknowledge that effort and gift. Both phrases require a quality of awareness that transcends simple manners. They’re the essence of good business and good living.
Christine Comaford, Business Accelerator
CEO of Mighty Ventures, Inc.
Author of NY Times Best Seller, Rules for Renegades