In my industry, people give a lot of advice.
And a lot of that advice is business-related – geared towards protecting your time, making the most of your time and building your business around your own rules so that you can do what you want, when you want, the way you want it.
And it’s mostly really good advice.
But here’s the thing about “protecting your time” and going on a “low information diet” and having too many friends on Facebook and following too many people on Twitter:
You miss A LOT.
Like a friend crowdsourcing for a ride because they didn’t want to text directly and put you out. But you could have given them that ride, caught up with a friend and everyone would have had a better day because of it.
No one ever really tells you to be nice and take an extra minute to help someone out – or just look around and realize that it’s a BEAUTIFUL fucking day….
So I’m doing that now. BECAUSE IT’S A REALLY BEAUTIFUL FUCKING DAY.
And sometimes it’s more important to watch what people are doing rather than listen to what they are saying.
Chris Schultz is a really busy dude. He does lots of important work, knows lots of important people, and even though he’s a master at time management, sometimes struggles with balance just like the rest of us.
But you know what?
Every time some hopeful entrepreneur walks into Launch Pad (usually with no appointment or warning, like a TORNADO in most cases) to get feedback on their “big idea,” Schultz stops what he’s doing – as if he knows this person – and gives them his full attention, advice, resources, whatever he can.
Is it rude to just walk into someone’s office in the middle of their work day and interrupt them?
Of course. And most people would get super annoyed.
But Schultz doesn’t.
And the way that he talks to these tornados that he’s never met before?
It’s the same way he talks to people like Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.
Because he treats everyone the same: with kindness and respect.
So why am I writing about this now?
Two really awesome things happened yesterday.
Firstly, I shattered my iphone screen – and I mean shattttttered- on Thanksgiving (clearly that’s not the awesome thing) and have been crowdsourcing options on Facebook and Twitter since then.
So yesterday afternoon, my iPhone screen was replaced. FOR FREE. By an ANGEL.
More specifically, an angel who had no cause or reason to do such a huge favor for me, but did it anyway.
Just to be nice. Just because she could.
On my way home from, I stopped to get groceries at the Canseco’s and ran into a man called Parker who I know from and only run into at the Canseco’s, pretty regularly.
Parker calls me “Budapest” because he was stationed there when he was in the military and said I look like someone he knew there.
I’m in a hurry to get home and Parker is chatty so I start my normal, polite conversation expedition but he’s not having it.
Because he had a VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE for me.
I didn’t know it right then – I don’t think he did either.
But when Parker proceeded to tell me that he saw me walking downtown one day, and that I looked like I was in a bad mood with the weight on my shoulders, I honestly couldn’t correspond that to a particular time or mood because I probably ALWAYS LOOK LIKE THAT.
Which isn’t fun for anyone.
So I said something like “ahhhh you know – I work downtown – lots of stress – I was probably just thinking or mad about something someone said….”
and THEN he told me this:
“Budapest, don’t let anyone take your joy away.
Leave work at work and home at home.
Your happiness is your own – but it only gets stronger when you share it with others.”
We talked for another 15 minutes or so before going our separate ways in the grocery aisle….and I felt lighter. Happier.
And to round off the theme of this post/lesson/story with too many profanities, there was an email from Sloane Davidson in my inbox this morning about “Giving Tuesday.”
She wrote this manifesto about giving and is aiming to get 10k downloads with proceeds going to a non-profit that she’s passionate about.
And I’ll end on this challenge:
Pay attention to what’s going on around you.
Do something nice for someone else today.