Dig the well before you’re thirsty
Following this old Chinese proverb, wells are dug for a wide variety of reasons, mostly to supply the people with clean water to drink, bathe and cook with. The truth is, we can flourish from sufficiently abundant water resources endlessly, as it is probably the most important life-preserving substance. What exactly is my point here? To put it simply, unless you dig your own well, you are at risk of eventually finding yourself without water. Sounds harsh, doesn’t it? But it doesn’t have to be. Just think a bit in advance!
If I had to point out the single essential characteristic shared by the most successful entrepreneurs and really high-achieving businesspeople I’ve met over the course of my life, I would say that it is the ability to both build and nurture meaningful relationships with wildly different and often very interesting people.
There are basically two ways for bringing a positive change to your life – by meeting valuable people and reading outstanding books. Both of them play an equally vital role if you want to fully embrace the potential and pursue serendipitous opportunities that enhance positive well-being. At the end of the day it’s all about who you know that counts, so pay attention to the quality of your relationships. As the saying goes: who keeps the company with the wolves will learn how to howl. And I tell you, it’s absolutely true!
While thinking about connecting with vastly different individuals, winning their trust and profiting from strong and meaningful relationships, you may be interested in reading these equally crucial, key principles of successful communication, that I coined to the needs of this post. I am sharing them below.
The 3 key principles of effective communication
- Listen actively and nonjudgementally (keep the mouth shut, quiet your ego and focus on the other side),
- Ask questions and take a genuine interest in other people (ensure the flow of communication with open-ended questions, do not put any labels and be authentically engaged)
- Wait for your turn to speak (do not, under any circumstances, interrupt your partner)
By immediately applying these rules, you are gaining a competitive edge over significant majority of people who communicate in a really poor manner! Note that in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
Give it a shot and please don’t forget to use your judgement! Meanhwile, have a nice day 🙂