One thing that became blatantly obvious after I entered the real world was that people are full of it. I don’t mean to be cynical, but I found that people in general would rather tell a white lie to end a conversation before things get complicated than deal with the situation – just like I tell the salesman at my door that “I’ll think about it and give him a call.”
Maybe I was just naive as a kid but I felt like a person’s word really meant something. It was a shock when I started getting “I’ll call you’s” that never came to be. However, those who can overcome that and actually follow through on even the most hastily given promise stand out like no other.
Peter Shankman really drives this point home in his comical tale from his past about a promise between two unlikely friends, titled How Followup Can Make All the Difference in the World. Don’t let something like this happen to you – following through is more important than you might think.
Check out some of these other great articles from the week:
Public Enemy #1
Anthony Weiner had an embarrassing exit from the limelight recently, but what the news highlighted was not as embarrassing as what they didn’t – Anthony’s debt and complete lack of financial responsibility. [Control Your Cash]
Dry Your Laundry Like You’re in Italy: How to Use Drying Racks and Clotheslines
Different cultures can give you a new perspective on things you’ve been doing your whole life, even something as simple as laundry. [Small Notebook]
How Do You Know When It’s Done?
Perfectionism is really the enemy of productivity. There is a point when things can be overdone and wheels just start to spin, but when is that point? [Seth Godin's Blog]
What Are Your Financial Habits Teaching Your Kids?
Kids are so much more aware than anyone gives them credit for. Everything you do, they will notice and try to emulate. Are you doing things you want them to learn? [Mom's Plan]
Ways Waiting Helps You Save
Life is short, but not too short to plan a purchase or wait until you’ve saved enough for one. Patience is a great tool to help the wallet grow. [Sun Financial Diary]
7 Ways to Rid Stress from Your Life
Stress is bad for every aspect of life – it halts productivity, ruins health, and can even hurt relationships. You’ll be much better off if you can learn to deal with stress early. [Prairie Eco-Thrifter]
Money Management: 9 Ways Golf Can Help
Golf is the sport of the rich some say, but golf can help you get rich too. Here’s what it can teach you. [The Millionaire Nurse Blog]
Money Lessons Learned from the NFL Lockout
Much of the hype about the NFL lockout has died down, but what ever happened of the situation? Here are some lessons learned. [You Have More Than You Think]
Are You Letting Money Rule Your Life?
Money is a tool and it can be used in many ways. One way it can be used is to motivate and help direct your actions. Should you let money rule your life? Maybe.. [Men With Pens]
30 Easy Ways to Save Money (and No, You Are Not Doing Them All!)
It’s always a good time to save. And while there are limits to how much you can cut back, you may not have thought about some of these. [Dumb Little Man]
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