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100 Secrets

I've decided to start blogging beyond my traditional news, tech notes, recipes, and reviews topics and create a blog on a specific topic; 100 Secrets to Changing Your IT World. Over the next few months (or as long as it takes, I guess), I intend to bring to life the 100 best ideas and concepts that I've learned over the years. Ideas that anyone can use to improve their IT (or even non-IT) career. I hope you enjoy it!

The Golden Rule: Variations

"And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
-- Luke 6:31 (KJV)"

The "Golden Rule" is generally stated as, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you". As long as you are a relatively normal person, to treat others as you would want to be treated reflects your true character, puts your ethics into action, and makes the world a better place at the same time.

However, many people miss the logical extension of this rule. Don't just treat other people the way you want to be treated, "treat others as they would like to be treated."

The difference here is that, before you can treat people the way they want to be treated, you must put some thought into what the other person wants or needs. You can't just think about things from a self-centric point of view. You need to start thinking about things from the viewpoint of others. Walk a mile in another person's shoes.

Pick Up the Parking Lot

"Paper and ink are all but trash, if I cannot find the thought which the writer did think."
-- Dr. Walter Smith

When I was just starting out as a consultant, I learned many important lessons from a particular older gentleman who owned my first client. By first client, I mean it was the first client I had that was all my responsibility from the very beginning. I had worked on other accounts and had even taken over a few as the account manager, but this account was the first one I "owned" from the sales call on.

Anyway, this guy was full of great pearls of wisdom and at least 5 of the "100 Secrets" that I'll be sharing came directly from him. He had retired at least 3 times before he started the company that was my client. They made guitar strings under their own brand and also made strings for other brands. They happen to be some of the best strings available and the company had an outstanding reputation.

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