In a comment on yesterday’s post, my friend and client Julie (so kindly) wrote: “You are the best at this, Becky. It’s a real gift the way you demonstrate a sincere interest and desire to connect with others.”

Her comment made me smile.


photo credit erika g.

Being interested in others and engaging with them isn’t just for those of us who have a gift.

In fact, even if connecting with others is your gift, you still have to choose to exercise it.

If we want to make a difference, we all have to choose to find ways to connect authentically with others.

Even if it’s not comfortable for us. Even if we’d rather not. Even if it feels like very hard work.

I know that’s easy for me to say, since I love connecting and relating to others.

But there are other things I don’t do so well. Plenty. (Ask my husband and kids, if you must. Or ask my team.)

The thing is, if I want to enjoy the benefit of having done them, I must do them.

Even if it’s not comfortable for me. Even if I’d rather not. Even if it feels like very hard work.

Tell me something! Does relating to others and connecting come naturally to you? What do you do that you’d rather not do, because you want to enjoy the benefits?

Julie Winkle Giulioni (follow her on Twitter), whose comment I referenced above, has a brand new blog where she shares about career development, leadership, learning, and happiness. I think you’ll enjoy her insightful perspective and I hope you’ll check out her blog, today. The Weaving Influence team is proud to support her in the launch of her first book, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go.