It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. – Alfred Adler
Most of the time we’re only interested in our own life. We ask ‘What can this person give me that I need?’, or ‘what’s in it for me in this situation?’. Because we’re either selfish or indifferent we miss out on Life’s great opportunities. An opportunity to deepen relationships, to truly understand others, to help when someone is desperate for help, or even to improve our own lives…
4th Dale Carnegie Principle: Be genuinely interested in other people.
Here’s a story written by President Roosevelt’s valet James Amos:
"My wife one time asked the President about a bobwhite. She had never seen one and he described it to her fully. Sometime later, the telephone at our cottage rang. (The Amos’ lived in a cottage on the Roosevelt estate.) My wife answered it and it was Mr. Roosevelt himself. He had called, he said, to tell her that there was a bobwhite outside her window and that if she would look out she might see it."
What a great example of showing genuine interest in another individual! And that’s the key, being genuinely and truly interested in the other individual no matter who they are or whether they can ever be useful to us. This principle is a key that’ll allow us to be welcome everywhere we go!
Daily Affirmation: Today I AM genuinely interested in others!