CUT YOURSELF SOME SLACK
Ok, so you've made some mistakes, and pissed a few people off! Oh, no!! You think you're the ONLY person who has made mistakes or pissed anyone off? Don't think you that the person with whom you've made the mistake or pissed off...don't you think that PERSON has made mistakes and pissed SOMEBODY ELSE off? So, come on...cut yourself some slack. Just be careful next time - and meanwhile, don't let anyone make you feel like you're the only one who's made a mistake or pissed anyone off...especially don't let the person who you pissed off and/or with whom you made the mistake make you feel that way.
PERSONAL INTERACTION EXERCISE
Think of the most important business contact that you have...and think about how much money that person will bring you and/or your company in the coming year, if all negotiations go as you plan. Think about how you nearly trip over yourself to talk with that person...to make sure you say everything ri...ght...and how happy and "smiley face" you are with that person, whether you're talking to them in person or on the phone. Well, that's how you should talk with EVERYBODY in your life. You should be THAT enthuised...THAT happy...THAT excited...THAT willing to not only share your joy...but to appreciate whatever great and good thing ANYONE can bring into your life...especially if it has NOTHING to do with you making any money from it.
I am not impressed with money, beauty, or intellectual or business savvy. Show me your heart, your courage, your massive margin of error for others, your ability to not constantly talk about yourself...show me all of these things...and more of such loving-kindness...and I'm yours forever. Your wish is my command.
KINDNESS TRUMPS TALENT
Worth Repeating: Kindness trumps talent. I'd rather work with, hire or cast someone with less talent and a kind and gentle personality, then someone with superior talent, who is mean-spirited, hurtful, sarcastic, self-centered, self-absorbed and selfish.