"Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, "Make me feel important."" Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life."
What if you were to start off the new year with this quote in mind for every single person you meet? How different might the year ahead be for you? How many more important connections might you make? How many more friendships might you have? How many doors of opportunity may have you opened for yourself, your career or business?
Make the year upcoming your year of connection. Commit to take Ms. Ash's quote to heart and to live it by your intentions and actions. Decide here and now that a journey of epic proportions awaits you if you are just willing to make those with whom you meet (or those you already know but want to know better) feel important and amazing, all because how you made them feel when they interacted with you. The Ripples, I suggest, will reverberate in ways you can't possibly imagine.
Think about it. No, do more than that, commit to do it!
Perhaps, this time next year you'll be looking back on the year that has passed just as I will be doing and smile with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. You'll be happy because you'll know you've built a stronger personal and professional network than you started the year off with. And it took very little effort other than treating people the way you should be treating them anyway.
The Ripples await my friend.