“Would you rather…?” is a popular board game. In the game, you get questions that ask you something silly like, “Would you rather wear a bucket on your hand for a year or a bucket on your foot for a year?” What would you say?
People are drawn to the game because people like to pick from multiple choices. Don’t believe me?
Answer this question: Would you feel more comfortable walking into a restaurant that had a menu or one that didn’t?
“What would you like to have tonight?” is a whole different question when there’s no menu to pick from.
Every day, you’re expected to make lots of decisions, but rarely are the options as neatly laid out as the choices on a menu.
Are you doing the same thing over and over again because you don’t know what your other options are?
Or are you waiting for someone to make up the menu before you’ll try anything new?
You know what I’m going to say to that: Stop waiting. Start driving the change you want.
Next time you have the privilege to work with/be served by/walk past someone who does something for you that no one asked them to do (but they did it anyway because they knew it mattered to you) try saying a big thank you.
What’s a big thank you?
In Linchpin, Seth Godin offers several big thank you options, including:
- Thank you and can you teach me how to do that?
- Thank you and you changed me forever.
- Thank you and how can I help you spread the word.
- Thank you and I just blogged about what you did.
- Thank you and you made me cry.
- Thank you and I told your boss what a wonderful thing you did.
Now for your thoughts:
What’s the best “big thank you” you’ve ever given or received?
Now for a new feature: “Your Thoughts?”
I’ll post something someone short and ask you for your thoughts. As they are your thoughts, anything goes.
This is a good place to practice commenting in public. I’d venture a guess that if you can’t comment on your own thoughts to strangers on a blog, you’re probably not in practice to comment well on others’ thoughts in public.
Here’s the thought to ponder:
If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
What should you do if you want to go far quickly?
[Thanks to Hilbert for the thought to ponder.]