Daily Nugget of Gold 708
Lyndon B. Johnson’s 10 Point List
President Lyndon B. Johnson was known for a lot of things, not the least among them, the creation of Job Corps in an effort to address the difficulties of disadvantaged youth in being prepared for, finding, and holding suitable employment. President Johnson was also known as a very persuasive individual and his 10 point list for success in working with people is as impressive today as when he used it, referring to it daily to help him achieve as much as he did. Here’s his list:
President Lyndon B. Johnson developed his own 10 Point Formula for success in personal persuasion.
1. Learn to remember names.
2. Be a comfortable person to be around.
3. Aspire to be an easy-going person so that things do not “ruffle your feathers”.
4. Do not be egotistical.
5. Strive to be a person of quality, someone whom others gain value from being around.
6. Study yourself in order to refine yourself. Work to improve even the elements of your personality which you may be unconscious of.
7. Sincerely attempt to heal, on an honest basis, every misunderstanding you have had or now have. Drain off your grievances.
8. Practice liking people until you learn to do so genuinely.
9. Never miss an opportunity to congratulate someone on their achievement, or express sympathy in their sorrow or disappointment.
10. Give spiritual strength to people, and they will give genuine affection to you.
Notice there is no “get even” philosophy here. It says nothing about letting the other person seek you out, nor does it state that you are a no it all. Successful people specialize in being likable.
We came across this list in the great book The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, PhD. The philosophy of “Thinking Big” is the opposite of being petty, and this list President Johnson used daily is a wonderful remedy for small-minded, petty thinking. We often forget just how much we rely on other people whether we like to admit that or not, and in the position of The President of The United States, Johnson saw his role as being more of a team player than a lot of people have viewed it to be.
Let’s live up to this list as we conduct our own affairs, if we do, we’ll most certainly be better for it.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I do today to improve my relationships with others?”
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