Stealing From Construction Sites

About 20 years ago, I was standing around after church and talking to a couple of older ladies.  The conversation went kind of like this:

Older Lady Number 1:  I watched a news special last night about people stealing from construction sites.

Older Lady Number 2:  That’s horrible.

Me:  My great aunt does that.

Older Lady Number 1:  What, the news?

Me:  No, steals from construction sites.

Me:  She was arrested a few weeks ago for stealing a toilet, so she could remodel her bathroom.  She’s already on parole, but because of her age, they probably will not send her to prison.

Old Lady Number 1 and Number 2, just stare at me with a blank look in their eyes and are completely speechless.

That was the end of our conversation.

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Winning Friends and Influencing People

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I just finished reading How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.  Here are a few of my favorite points from this book.

  • Criticism is futile, because it puts people on the defensive
  • Help people get what they want.
  • Be interested in what interests other people 
  • Be a good listener and encourage others to talk about themselves 
  • Always make the other person feel important 
  • Respect other people’s opinions
  • If you are wrong, admit it
  • Try to see things from the other person’s point of view

If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend it.