Last week in Linkedin, Guy Kawasaki, Advisor at Motorola Mobility, wrote an article about “How To Achieve Likeability.” Here he shares another component of likability, “your default response to requests a yes.”
Imagine the power of this positive initial response in all areas of your life: dating, family relationships, work, friendship. I can think of many friends who are this way; I’m continually energized by their presence. And, immediately thinking “no” has a dampening effect on relationships, work synergism … most everything. Kawasaki says “you never know what may come of a relationship, and you will never know if you don’t let it begin. At least, think ‘not yet’ instead of ‘no.'”
Eckart Tolle says “Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”
And Darct Rezac, author of The Frog and the Prince: Secrets of Positive Networking, defines good networking “as always thinking about how you can help the people when you meet them.”
Guy Kawasaki is the author of twelve books including APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur — How to Publish a Book, What the Plus!, and Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Action. He’s the former chief evangelist of Apple and current advisor to Motorola. Guy shares enchanting stuff on the topics of marketing, enchantment, social media, writing, self-publishing, innovation and venture capital.
This is an excerpt from Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions.