I have worked with people for almost three-decades and I can’t say, that any two people were ever the same. People come in different shapes, sizes, colors, personalities, and packaged with attitudes. Someone once said, “People are creatures of habit.” That might be true, but not all habits are the same. My wife and I were eating lunch at a major restaurant chain, when we noticed the man across from us, after he finished his meal, decided to lick his plate clean. Now, I’m not sure if he decided to do the kitchen a favor by cleaning his plate, but that was different. I don’t recommend that you make becoming a human, automatic dishwasher, one of your passions in life.
In fact, I enjoy going to the local mall and watching people. If you ever want a lesson in the “Dynamism” of human behavior, take a trip to the mall in your town. I guarantee, you will be educated in the subtle, yet distinct, nuances of the personalities we call “People”.
As a life-long student of communications, I agree with my mentor, John C. Maxwell, who said, “When we try to communicate, we must include: Thought: something we know; Emotion: Something we feel; And, Action: Something we do.” Because people are different, we must endeavor to connect with them at all levels.
When it comes to understanding people, remember, there will be a continuing evolution of the people around us. And, in spite of their differences and idiosyncrasies, “to add value to others, one must first value others.”
Here’s what I know:
“People are 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! The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow -Do good anyway! Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable -Be honest and frank 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! Give the world the best you’ve got and you’ll get kicked in the teeth -give the world the best you’ve got anyway! (Be a people person, page 135-136)
Value people and keep standing on the Rock! Anyway!