I read, listen to and watch a lot of motivational and self-help material. There is a lot out there for free, or for what I think is very reasonable money, that is good.
An important part of my life has to do with an evolving attitude of being good to others and being helpful. I learned this hands-on in my teens, and the lessons stuck. I found that if I used my ears more than my mouth and drew others out a lot more than talking about myself, my world opened up. People like to be heard and held with respect and interest. I am not saying I have this attitude down pat, but I have put a lot of effort into it, with rewarding results.
Two men I have read and listened to for a while are Vic Johnson and Dr. Robert Anthony. Both share a lot of wisdom, and both had some real low troughs in their lives before their lives shifted dramatically. Now both men are highly successful, and they live their success while sharing positive and helpful information with others.
Each in their own way, both these guys share a core guideline that fuels their success: ALWAYS GIVE SOMETHING OF VALUE.
Years ago, a retired organizational consultant friend, Emory Ayers, encouraged me to become a consultant. He said I was ready. And he said that when he was working, every morning he looked in the mirror and said to himself, “Now today you have to give your clients their money’s worth.” This statement and the memory of Emory telling me this stand out sharply for me.
Emory’s statement is similar to statements made by Vic Johnson and Dr. Anthony. I think the same applies in any field, and for me the common theme here certainly applies in construction. At the same time, there are so many complaints about poor workmanship and terrible attitudes from people in the field of construction.
I can’t do construction just for the money. Even though I am developing Conscious Cooperation as another business, in the construction work I still do, I have to do the work from my heart. I want to take good care of my customers and hold them as much more than a paycheck for me.
A neighbor recently had a very large tree fall on his house. I met with him about clearing out the most damaged room, and we started to discuss the repair work. He told me that he felt safer and expected to sleep better that night, just from talking together. This made me feel good. I really value hearing things like this.
I believe that especially in these challenging times when many people are under-working or not working at all, a high level of service and caring about your work stand out. I respect an attitude of quality work and committed service, no matter what the field.