Thursday, October 12, 2006

The World is a Mirror, Part 11

A is for ATTITUDE
B is for BREAK PATTERNS
C is for CONSISTENCY
D is for DISCIPLINE
E is for EVOLUTION
F is for FRIENDLINESS
G is for GOOD WITH NAMES
H is for HAPPINESS
I is for IDEAS
J is for JOY
K is for KNOWLEDGE

Emerson once said, “Every man I meet is my superior in some way. In that, I shall learn of him.”

80,000. That’s roughly the number of people I’ve met over the years of wearing a nametag 24-7.

And I’ve learned a lot from them...

We gain knowledge from any number of sources – books, newspapers, TV, classes, experiences – but the most valuable spring of knowledge comes from our greatest resource, each other.

I know. Cheesy, right?

But it still holds true. For example, the other night I attended a pre-conference cocktail hour hosted by my client. I sat down with several women and somehow got on the topic of marriage, kids, divorces and the like.

During this conversation two terms caught my ear. I asked what they meant and wrote them down.

Here’s what I learned:

1) Toe Tag Marriage: till death do us part. No divorce. We’re in this together. Forever.

2) Casserole Wife: when a man’s wife dies, the first single female neighbor to bring him a casserole within the next 24 hours is most likely to become his next wife.

I never new that. But thanks to that conversation, I’ve now expanded my lexicon of interesting terms. Excellent.

Come to think of it, some of the best books I’ve read, movies I’ve watched and experiences I’ve had were the recommendations of total strangers I met, thanks to the ol’ nametag.

LET ME ASK YA THIS...
What's the most interesting thing you learned from someone you recently met?

LET ME ASK YA THIS...
Make a list called "5 People, 5 Lessons." Post it here!

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Scott Ginsberg
Author/Speaker/That Guy with the Nametag
www.hellomynameisscott.com

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