How do we actually see other people? How do we hold or assign a value to others? And when do we decide to listen?
Robert taught me to really put my actions where my mouth is.
The story of Robert is one I often share with audiences because it specifically illustrates how we’re all hungry for connection. For acceptance, for belonging. We crave being seen, valued and sincerely heard.
We met on a sidewalk in Florida, he initiated a conversation, I engaged.
He reached out, very specifically with something he asked of me. Something simple and easy. I was struck dumb by the simple and deeply human request he asked of me.
The whole story deserves its due. For now I’ll simply share that I didn’t fully extend human connection to him. He was asking for something simple. And I was literally stunned silent.
The opportunity to connect was squandered, by me – not him.
I mumbled something and wished him a good night and moved on.
Like Dan Pink’s book The Power of Regret teaches, I’ll use that moment – that regret – to fuel me forward to never make that same choice again.
See people. Value them. Hear them.
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