Friday, October 14, 2011

Too much relating

Whether it's in our personal or business lives, we can relate too much. Meaning, it's good to empathize or even sympathize, but it can be hazardous to identify and possibly confuse your situation with someone else's.

If we treat a person as if they are us, then we're assuming they have the same motivations and needs as us. We're also assuming they have behaved as we behave. Not usually true or even possible.

If we treat a person as a person, we have to accept and see who they really are. Often, that's not as pleasant as we'd like it to be. But if we can do it, that's when we can really help that person.

Barry LaBov
LaBov & Beyond


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