While we might all tire from telemarketers calling at dinner time to ask for dollars or our opinion, most of us welcome a call from a friend, family or colleague asking our opinion. I don’t reach out as often as I’d like but when I do I am struck by how easy and valuable it is. Getting a variety of perspectives before making a decision typically ensures a more holistic view of the options available. These decisions could be large financial ones like buying a house or establishing a will or it could be as simple as where to stay on vacation.
I see positives on both sides of “give me your opinion”. First when you ask someone for their opinion, you tell them you respect them and value their perspective. Think of a time when someone called you out of the blue and asked for your advice- didn’t you feel honored? Second, when you get different perspectives, you are more apt to have recognized a variety of options rather than jumping to a quick conclusion. I also find myself energized by those I connect with and that flows into my entire day not just impacting the topic at hand.
Do you have friends or colleagues that you reach out to on a regular basis? Have you offered any sage advice to others this week?