Driving down the road the other day, I cleaned my windshield and I was shocked at how much better I could see.  I was not aware that my windshield was that dirty!!  Then, someone sent me this story.

 A young couple moves into a new neighborhood.

The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.

“That laundry is not very clean”, she said.

“She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”

Her husband looked on, but remained silent.

Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, The young woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see clean wash on the line and said to her husband:

“Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her how?”

The husband said, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”

 

It is easy for us to look at people and judge the way they do things.  In business, as well as our personal lives, we must make sure that our looking glass is clean.  Perhaps there is something that is clouding our vision.

As Alexander Pope said, “The greatest magnifying glasses in the world are a man’s own eyes when they look upon his own person.”

As with all things in life, there is a balance.  Some people use a 1000X magnifier on themselves, while others barely use one!  Be careful not to judge yourself or others harshly.  We are all on this journey together.

George W Bush (courtesy of Mike Magolnick)

Have you ever spoken to someone, or heard a speaker and just been enamored by what they had to say? You wished they would just keep talking? At the recent DSA Annual meeting I had that happen twice.

I love older people. My grandparents were very special to me and I loved to sit and listen to their stories. It seems as people get older, they just tell it how it is, they don’t care about your opinions or what is politically correct. It is about how they see the world. My grandfather had dementia and got to the point where all he talked about were “the old times.” He would tell me stories of his travels and adventures. I loved those times, even when he could not remember my name.

At the DSA annual meeting this year we had the privilege of listening to two great men, George W Bush and Rich Devos Sr. Mr. Bush was our 43rd President and Rich Devos Sr. founded Amway along with Jay Van Andel. These men both spoke so candidly and conversationally, it was hard not to just want to give them a big hug. (Secret Service would have none of that!!). No matter what your personal thoughts are about politics or business, both of these men care deeply about America and about empowering small business. It was easy to be drawn into their thought processes. They believe in what I call “the real America.” They care about empowering individuals to create small businesses.

Rich Devos said, if we have only built a company for us and for the money, we have done the wrong thing. He went on to talk about empowering and helping people experience Freedom.

Former President Bush said, “Culture cannot be created around individuals; it has to be created around principles.” He also said, “You don’t know who you’re going to influence, so make your decisions wisely.” He pointed out that if he had planned to be President, he sure would have behaved better in college!

Each of us are given time here on this Earth to create a life for ourselves. Once we become of age, we can choose our path. We can use what is given to us and learn. It is our honor to listen to those wiser than us. It is our duty to pass on the knowledge and experiences we have to others.

Each of us has a job to do and I am afraid that many of us underestimate the importance of our daily jobs. Whatever your job, you can be assured that your attitude and your knowledge can change a person’s day and outlook.

You are influencing someone today, make the right choice.

This past week, I have been attending the Direct Selling Association (DSA) Annual Meeting.  It is a great time of meeting with clients and finding new ones!  It is a time to listen, to learn and then the expectation is that you will leave and execute.

As a supplier of the industry, we take Direct Selling very seriously.  We are members of the DSA, support the DSEF (Direct Selling Education Foundation) and when we attend conferences we go to all of the breakout sessions.  This provides us with the same information that the company execs are receiving.  We always want to be at the top of our game.  We as technologists, want to lead the way and provide systems for our clients before they ever realize they need them.

This show, more than any in past, I have heard horror stories of software companies that were not stable and solutions that never worked.  Our goal is to provide direct sellers with industry expertise,innovative solutions and unrivaled customer service.

We work for companies that are empowering people to change their lives.  We recognize the power that is in our hands.  It’s not just a job….we are changing lives.

If you get the chance, have a look at this video DSEF created that talks about our industry.  Together we achieve more