Category Archives: Life Lessons

Learn to Love ”No”

ID-100264421I learned how to love the word “no” years ago when I was a sales person. I admit it took a little practice. The old me cringed every time a potential customer said “no.” I took it personally – that the person did not like something about me.

At a coaching conference I heard a speaker say that “no” was just another word like peanut butter or jelly. Now, I’ve never been a fan of either peanut butter or jelly, but I listened to the meaning behind what the speaker said and something clicked. It made sense. There are so many possibilities behind the “no” response. My listening changed. I started to listen for and hear the many different messages behind “no.” My world opened up – so did my sales results! Continue reading

3 Mah Jongg Life Lessons

image001I just finished teaching a mah jongg strategy class. There were 12 eager ladies, each wanting to improve her game. After the class I thought about the strategies I shared. What I recognized was that there were life lessons embedded within each one.

Here are three main points I presented and my thoughts on how each one connects to broader issues in our daily lives. See what you think.

1. You can’t play every hand on the card.

There are 59 possible hands on the 2014 card. The idea is to rack the tiles you get dealt and then scan the card trying to find possible hands to go for. Many players get stuck here – not knowing what to pass during the charleston. Continue reading