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29. Find Your Fun🙃

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 How Important is Fun?🤔
In this chapter, the author talks about the importance of "Fun".

Here are a few questions the author is asking readers? 
1) How important is fun? 

2) What value does fun bring to your work and home environment?

3) How much do you strive to bring fun in your daily experience?

We lost touch with that inner child within us. That " Fun" Loving Person.

As we grow up we are constantly striving for something such as productivity, efficiency, respect, leadership, etc.

While striving for all such things we failed to acknowledge that, by focusing little more on fun and engagement all those things will follow.

The best place to work are usually the most fun places to work.

Key Lesson:- When we are relaxed, appreciated and smiling - having fun, we tend to be more engaged. 

Engaged employees, spouses, membership, teens are the most informed, contributing and joyful.

Conclusion:- Fun is the most important catalysts for engaging those around us.


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28. Fathead 

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How you doing, Fathead?

We know what it means. But, according to the author, the real fatheads are everywhere, sometimes even in our own mirror. We all know overweight, obese or fat in terms of body structure but, what if we compare these to our minds. 

The constant overfeeding of our minds some good, some not, but always lots of it. How it can lead to what the author referred to as fathead. 

Fathead- Too much insignificant stuff clouding out the things that matter most.

Infobesity 🤔

Physical weight challenges are often blamed on the over ability of processed foods. It's too convenient and easy.

None of the food we eat just finds its way down our throat it always has a willing assistant. The same goes for our brains. The information, though sometimes more subtle is still given access by the owner. 

So, how do we get rid of this fathead syndrome? 

1) First, know that it matters. What we put in comes out whether good or bad.
2) We can choose environments and pathways that limit negative exposure.
3) Don't just block out the bad stuff, put in the good stuff. 

Get around people who's thinking stretches you to be better. 

Key Lesson:- The author encourages readers to be more conscious and aware of their mind. He advised us to be aware of the information we feed our mind. He also advises us to chose environments that limit the negative thinking.

Conclusions:- What we put in comes out. 

Find people with conversations that elevate your thinking. 

Get around good friends, mentors, teachers and coaches. 

If we are going to have the fat head, let's fatten it up with good stuff.


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27. Easy to do Business

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In this chapter, the author talks about the past incident of a local car wash. Let's see what we can learn from this incident.

The author went to a local car wash for quick cleaning and waited as we all do.

Don't customers just love waiting? 😉

Isn't that what retailers strive for?

So, the author was waiting. He sat there for 5-7 minutes and no one came by.

No one came to greet him saying :

"We will be right with you 
" Sorry for the delay" 

So, all the marketing, branding, location costs - all of it spent to get him or somebody else to come by was wasted in his case.

So, he left and told people. Lots of them. As we would have done in his case. 😅

He went there of pure convenience. This time he was lucky enough to get someone. 
The car was cleaned but still lousy service.

Difficult to do business with.


Makes NO sense to him.

How about you?

Ask yourself this?

Is it easy to do business with you?

Is your team making it easy to work with?

Do they greet people right away with a smile and good attitude?

Do you have the eternal phone tree for those of us calling in or a real person available to talk to another real person?

Now, the hard? 

What about you as a person?

Are you easy to do business with?

Are you easy to talk to?

Key Lesson:- People tend to take the path of least resistance. Think about it. Learn from it. Customer service success will become much easier when you do.


Be easy to do business with.

 Be easy to talk to. 

Be Fun, Interesting. 

Be Engaged.


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26. Dialogue of the Deaf 

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Imagine what would conversation look like between two deaf individuals. 

I know what you must be thinking😉
No, no author is not mad. Let's hear him out.

We all have seen plenty of conversations that almost looked as if both people were deaf.

We have seen it. They talk but no one listens. They try to make their point even before listening to one another.

The author is not disrespecting anyone who is deaf. Even they will be sad to know such thing that 2 people with perfectly good hearing acting like they can't really hear each other - by choice.

We should listen PAST where the other person has finished. We should even pause before answering. Let them talk! 
Let them get their point, a story out. Completely.
Then, before preparing your response, ask more about what they said. 
Get engaged. Understand what and why.

"Seek first to understand, then to be understood" - Stephen Covey 

One person truly listening is generally better than none. 
One person listening generally leads to other person listening. 


Other learn the habit through your influence. 

Key Lesson:- The author encourages readers to listen more effectively. Seeking real understanding affirms the other person and what they have to say. That's what they want. We all want to be understood, valued and affirmed.

Conclusion:- Think; Don't react. Allow stimulus of another's words to yield CHOICE which then yields RESPONSE.


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25. Silence Speaks

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The title seems absurd. Don't let it fool you. It contains profound meaning and it is one of the effective tools in communication.

"Silence is one of the great arts of conversation".

Let us look through the author's point of view with an example.

Year's ago the author had a manager who had a very unique style of communication.

The author would meet in his office to discuss ideas, strategy, sales, etc.

After the presentation of ideas, the author would pause as in common protocol of communication. To simply understand the manager viewpoint. Here it gets interesting.

The manager would simply stare at him and do nothing. The author would again start talking seeming the manager needed some more information.

What would the manager do again?

That's right😉

He would again stare, pause and the author would start talking again.

The cycle would continue. The author would leave the meeting not gained what he wanted or feeling like he lost credibility.

After several engagements. The author decided to change the approach.

The author walked into his office, shared his thoughts and then shut up! 
The manager started so does the author. They both were starting each other for a second. After a few seconds, the manager spoke.

The author walked out with his ideas being accepted. He felt more comfortable and more influenced.

What made the manager changed his mind?

Did the author stare him down? 😅

No, the author was mirroring the communication style of the manager.

Was the manager starting him down?🤔

No, he was thinking which translated into focus and silence.

Now, you know the problem😉

Both were communicating in a different style. Most of this miscommunication leads to false interpretation.

The author learned to communicate in a style that worked for both him and the manager.

The author adapted to manager style of communication and gained better communication and influence.

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" How to win friends and influence people" - Dale Carnegie

Key Lesson:- In this chapter, the author encourages us to adopt the style of communication that will be more effective to both parties. Great or effective communication will build strong relationships.

 While communicating with an individual or people build empathy. Try to keep yourself in their shoes. As Dale Carnegie says- Think from other point of view.

Conclusion:- Great communication helps in building strong relationships.

 Try to adapt yourself more to another style of communication for effective conversation.


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24. Unhappiness comes from Comparison

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Unhappiness comes from comparison 
Think about it. We do this all times. We compare houses, income, jobs, situations, conditions, etc. 

We all know that phrase "Keeping up with the Joneses".

Indirectly or directly we all fall into the state of comparison. The author is no exception.

Some comparison can be helpful if managed in a competitive and productive way.

The devil loves to get us comparing some else's best to our worst- pretty unfair fight.

If it's true that all of our unhappiness comes from comparison, then we have to start applying the opposite perspective.

Happiness comes from within.

Key Lessons:- The author advises us to stop comparing yourself with people if it is not helping you in a productive way. The real happiness lies within not from the outside comparison.

Conclusion:- Happiness comes from within. 

No outside comparison, just plain old internal perspective.


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23. The Principle and the Lighthouse
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At the beginning of the chapter, the author shares a transcript of a radio conversation between a US naval ship and Canadian authorities.

The title is based on that conversation. Although I can't share the conversation. You need to go buy the book and read it for yourself.

Disclaimer:- I am not getting paid for any such stuff 😉

Now, let's find out what the author is trying to say from the chapter.

Techniques can change but principle never does.

They are similar to the lighthouse, they don't change.

The author shares his experience while doing sales training. The common question he would get were all about techniques.

Eg:- How to approach? 
       What to say? 
       How to close?

All good stuff, but if it's done outside of principle it's often not very effective in the long term.

Now, let's try to figure out what principle means to the author. What's his definition?

What's the principle?

It's the "Why" behind the process.

They are unmoving resolute.

" If you know your why, you will figure out how"

My Thoughts:-  Dig deep within yourself and find what it is that will drive you when you have nothing left.

Call it passion, love, purpose, call it whatever you want to call it. I love to call it "Purpose". Your " Why" that's what will keep you going when you want to give up.

Know your "Why" and you will figure out "How"

Your "Why" evolve as you evolve.

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Techniques does matter. It makes the process smoother and quicker. Don't discount it- get it, learn it, own it.

Key Lesson:- Principle is the foundation of a person's character. If the man has a strong principle bank on him. Technique built on strong principles that's a winning combination. 

Conclusion:- Bank on strong principles. 

                       Know your why. 

 Technique + Strong principles= Winning Formula