Years ago, I heard of a speaker who, at a workshop conducted a group activity for all attendees. In case this isn’t fictitious and you happen to know the speaker, please link me up! 🙏🏼
According to the story, the speaker gave out balloons to everyone and asked each person to write his or her name on it. The speaker then collected all the balloons and locked them up in another room.
During recess, the speaker unlocked the room and gave each person a limited time to find the balloon having their name on it.
With the stop watch counting down and the balloons all mixed up, most attendees found it difficult to locate their balloons despite the frenzy of pushes and shouts coming from the room.
The allotted time elapsed in no time with one or two people finding theirs, luckily.
Then the speaker stepped in and gave them a different instruction, “I need each of you to pick up a balloon, read the name on it, look for the owner and hand it over.”
Within a fraction of the time spent in the first exercise, everyone ended up with their own balloon, yet there was less push and pull.
“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”
That was Zig Ziglar.
Morale of the story? When we focus on others and help them to fill their need, our own needs are also met and in a fraction of the time it would have taken us if we merely focused on ourselves.
Written by Dapo Bankole.
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