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Give a Little Bit

Culturally, more than any time I can remember, there seems to be a movement towards constant sharing of good vibes if you will. Social Media has perpetuated this to the point of it being so overdone, I think it goes mostly unnoticed.

Each day my Facebook feed is filled with post after post of images of beautiful sunsets with some famous quote laid on top, prompting us to “live life to the fullest” or “follow your dreams”. Unless you’re a cynic, I’d much rather see these posts then the polar opposite that fills the other half of my feed: violence, hate and trashing our politicians.

The gap for me however is that rarely do these feel good sentiments make it over IRL. (That’s “in real life”, in case you were wondering.)

I’m just as guilty as the next for sure. I hustle my way into NYC daily and sometimes there’s little time for niceties. New Yorkers are always hustling to get somewhere, especially when it’s single digits like it’s been this winter.

Thing is, it really doesn’t take all that much to really say thank you and smile to the woman at the register when you pick up your coffee.

For senior executives, when’s the last time you acknowledged the intern, or kid fresh out of school who’s busting their ass to make a name for themselves? A piece of sage advice or a simple “good job” goes a long way. Don’t forget what it feels like to be just starting out.

Small talk, which we seemingly have little time for in our disconnected, rush rush society is often a place where I like to give a little something to strangers.

So despite the hustling, I look for those opportunities and yes it’s hard to generate at times. However, once you are in the habit of doing it, it really becomes second nature.

Get on an elevator with me and I just might drop a gem on you, or at the very least a smile of course.

Give a little bit of yourself to people. You’ll be amazed at what you get back.

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Tommy Spero
CD @SoulNYC Founder @MixLuvCollab @MusicMy1stLang Hubby/Dad / #Drummer / Speaker / Writer / Marketing Expert on All American Makers premiering January 2015 on @ScienceChannel

2 Comments

Michael levy

2015-03-05 09:50:46 Reply

This reminds me of random acts of kindness, with a twist. It is being generous with our words to create a moment of appreciation for someone else.

Deniez

2015-08-19 17:39:22 Reply

Try To Be Objective I know it’s tough when it’s your son out there. But try to view the evaluations his coach has made with some obvtjeicity. Is there a good reason why your son isn’t getting as much playing time as other kids? If you can spot areas of his game that are holding him back and causing his lack of playing time, make note of them. Then help him turn those areas into strengths. (If that’s something he’s interested in doing.) Be careful how you talk to him about working on his areas of weakness. (See one of my previous posts How To Help Your Son Improve His Game, Without Criticism. )

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