A lot of people are self proclaimed somethings. The only self-proclaimed thing I am is an amazing prankster. The rest? I let my actions do the talking.
I’ve masterminded many hilarious pranks. So much so that one of my best friends didn’t talk to me for a few days. Even thinking about it now I almost fall of my chair laughing.
When my friend who I swore I would never prank again was seriously mad at me, (who gets mad at someone for pranking them?) I told him, “It’s because I care. I care enough about you, to spend time plotting and executing this prank for you! You’re my boy. I wouldn’t prank someone, I didn’t care about.”
Eventually, he calmed down and appreciated it. I believe my rationale does make sense and although he had a slight heart attack, he lived to be mad at me right? And everyone else had an amazing laugh and so did he…eventually. It wasn’t that bad. It really wasn’t.
Caring is really a very important word though. If the guy who painted these lines cared about his job, he wouldn’t have done this. It takes a lot for someone to care a lot about something (or someone) though. But hey, “That’s not my job! I don’t get paid to move tree branches!”
The reason caring must be so difficult is that so few people do it.
“How was your dinner last night?”
Follow up. Not follow up to sell something, just to know. Just to ask.
The fancy restaurant knows my phone number. Why not have the owner call me the next day just to ask?
The dentist knows my number. Why not call a week later to see how the cleaning went?
The accountant knows my number. Why not check in to see if the taxes went out the door okay?
Do it in a gentle way, with no strings attached, no additional add-ons. If you really and truly care, why not ask? Not a form, not a survey. Just one caring person, asking. Not that hard, actually.
What is hard is finding people who care but once you do it makes all the difference in the world.
If YOU (the owner, the entrepreneur, the so called visionary) don’t care, how can you expect your employees, associates, or partners to care?
And if you could care less about what you’re doing whether you’re running a business or working for one, it’s time to move on. Life is too short not to care.
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