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Aug
07
2018

What Business And Relationships Have In Common

It’s fascinating to me how the business lessons I’ve learned over the years applies to relationships as well and visa versa.

For example, whether in business or relationships, I have found that the following statement to be true:

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

I can be the smartest wellness coach around but, if I don’t genuinely care about my clients, they won’t be clients for too long.

I’ve come to find out the same is true in relationships.

If I don’t care for and cultivate relationships that matter most to me, they’ll die out and soon be gone.

Next is listening.

Whether it’s with a client, a friend, family, spouse, whoever.

Listening to whoever is across from me with the goal of listening to understand them, not just to respond.

There’s a reason the big man upstairs gave me two ears and one mouth.

So that I’ll listen twice as much as I speak.

Listening to understand, not to respond.

This one has been a massive game changer for me, both personally and professionally.

Third is consistency.

Whether it’s with the service I provide or returning phone calls and emails in a timely fashion.

Consistency.

If I don’t call my mom and grams every Sunday to chat and see how they’re doing, there’s a good chance I won’t have the same relationship and connection to them as I have now.

If I don’t make a consistent effort with friends to meet up, or keep a consistent weekly date night with a girlfriend, I can’t expect these relationships to remain great if my consistency isn’t great.

Lastly, always giving more than I take.

Given clients more of my time, energy, and effort than what’s in our contract.

Given more of myself to my family, friends, and significant other regardless of what is given to me.

Given for the sake of giving, and not for the sake of receiving.

Funny enough, it’s always in these instances that I receive more than I ever expected.

Care. Listen. Be consistent. Give more than you take.

These are the four major lessons I’ve learned over the past 20 years of being in business and relationships, the similarities, and how one affects the other.

More in this episode of my Mornings With Mike podcast.

Thanks for being here.

You’re awesome…

Mike

author: Mike Goncalves

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