How to pass exams – Part 16 – Serving your fellow adventurers
“If there is one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view, and see things from that person’s angle, as well as from your own.”
Henry Ford (the first person to make mass produced cars)
Gordon Brown was one of the most ridiculed and hated Prime Ministers of recent times, the media were always having a go at him saying crazy things like “He’s Scottish, he’s got a wrinkly face…and he can’t even smile properly!’ Poor man. Whichever way you may want to vote no-one can help what their face looks like! He was trying to steer us through the worst financial crisis since the Second World War but everyone seemed to hate him. It was a tough ride for him, but when Gordon Brown eventually resigned as the Prime Minister, he said ‘It was a privilege to SERVE as the Prime Minister of the UK’.
A privilege to serve? Eh?!
He didn’t have a go at anyone he just said, “It was a privilege to serve”.
I was amazed.
When Richard St. John did his research into ‘successful’ people, he found out that they all served others in some way.
Aren’t successful people only out for themselves?
Serve wasn’t really a word I expected to see in his list, and to be honest it’s kind of unfashionable these days. Rarely mentioned, never mind promoted. Serve? What did they mean?
[ Based on years of research you can read more about Lee’s work at http://leejackson.org/education/howtoenjoyandsucceedatschoolandcollege – How to pass exams ]
In order to be a successful human being we have to serve others in some way. I charge for what I do, that’s business, but I also give free advice too, because when you give something away I believe it is returned to you.
I speak at schools and businesses now, where in the past I helped them for free.
“What goes around comes around.”
“What you sow you reap.”
Imagine your favourite shop where the people serving you were only focused on themselves and not on you as a customer. What a horrible shop that would be. Rude and aloof staff; no returns or even help – maybe we’d buy something once from them, but we’d probably not go back there.
‘..I asked Ben Cohen (the co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream) what led to his success and he said “ I think I’m good at being able to put myself in the shoes of my consumer (i.e an ice cream eater!)’
(Ben comes up with all their new flavours)
Extract from “8 Traits Successful People Have In Common: 8 to be great” by Richard St. John 2010 ISBN 9780973900972
“put myself in their shoes…” sounds like serving to me.
When people are messing about in lessons and giving the teacher hassle, what would happen if they put themselves in the teacher’s shoes?
How would that make them feel?
Where do you serve?
Have a think.
More to come…
This an excerpt from Top UK motivational School Speaker Lee Jackson’s book “How To Enjoy And Succeed At School And College” Available in paperback and on Kindle (for only £1.99 during pre-exam time) here now.