Impressing People

Impressing People

As I grow older I, feel less inclined to impress people. When I was younger, I wanted to impress the coach, the girl at the bar, the boss, or potential boss. I thought it was important to impress people so that I could be engaged with them and then help them. If I impressed the coach, I would make the team and then I could help it with my athletic prowess. If I impressed the girl, I could be the knight in shining armour and save her from all the ills of the world. Or if I impressed my boss, I would get a promotion, and my leadership skills and experience would help the company.

Today, I am different. I do what I think is right. I use my expertise to help my clients. I use my knowledge to assist people through mentorship. They do not have to like me, they do not have to admire me, and they do not have to be impressed by me. I am no longer trying to fulfill that objective. If I can help them, whether I impress them or not is insignificant. If I can help them in their careers, their businesses, or their lives in general, then I am happy. I don’t seem to be worried anymore about whether or not I have impressed them. I am not sure if that comes with being older or if I have just learned what is important.

In earlier years, I often sought to impress so I could help. I have learned, though, that just helping is what it should be about. And that is my aim and that of the company I work for—to help others succeed. A fellowship group of which I am a member cleared that up for me. What I heard in those fellowship rooms has stuck with me and I hope it will with you as well. “You don’t help anyone by trying to impress them; you impress them when you try to help them.”

Please remember to stay HIMPS! (Healthy, Isolate when possible, Masked, Physically distanced, and Safe!).

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