Perspective Matters: Where Are All the Jerks and Idiots? : The Lift | Brian@GrowthWorks

Perspective Matters: Where Are All the Jerks and Idiots?

by Brian McDermott on 06/30/11

Through the eyes of a child...

381 Little Girl with Drawing A mother was driving in afternoon rush-hour traffic, having just picked up her 7-year-old daughter from school. While Mom drove, the little girl worked quietly, drawing pictures in a notebook on her lap.

After a few minutes, the little girl raised her eyes, looking a little confused at her mother and asked quizzically, "Mom, where are all the jerks and idiots today?"

Mom said, "Oh honey, they're only out when your father is driving."

...the world is a different place.

I'm not the kind of guy who recites affirmations in the mirror to start my mornings. But anybody who's been involved in a project I facilitated can tell you, I am a big advocate for making the choice to go through life not seeing the other drivers as jerks and idiots. I've seen the difference it can make in a life or a business when someone chooses to approach most days with hope and optimism. And I'm so glad there are kids around to remind us what a good idea that is.

Make a Difference,

Brian

P.S. Thanks to Jim Clemmer for sharing this story during a recent webinar.

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