People are selfish. We like what we like. And when two people come together with differing opinions, there can be fireworks. What if I told you it doesn’t have to be like that. There is a better way.
Mr. Dale Carnegie, in his book How To Win Friends & Influence People, says Remember that other people may be totally wrong. But they don’t think so. Don’t condemn them. Any fool can do that. Try to understand them. Only wise, tolerant, exceptional people even try to do that. For there is a reason why the other man thinks and acts as he does. Ferret out that reason – and you have the key to his actions, perhaps his personality. Try honestly to put yourself in his place.
One of the best ways to connect with others is to make every effort to see things from their point of view. There is a reason they think, feel, and act the way they do. A person’s thoughts, feelings, and actions are molded by life experiences. For example…
A harsh word can last a lifetime.
An injustice can be passed down through generations.
A book can expand their mind.
A kind word can set them free.
So, the next time you come across someone with a differing opinion. Instead of going to war…
- Slow down.
- Ask questions.
- Find out the “why” behind the “what”.
Who knows, you may might gain a friend instead of an enemy.
How have you put yourself in someone else’s place?