Preschool kids ask their parents an average of 100 questions a day. By middle school, they’ve basically stopped asking questions. Curiosity is a lost superpower.
Many training companies begin with a book. A thought leader, a researcher, someone with passion and dedication takes their energy and writes a book. They focus on dysfunctional teams, leadership principles or driving sales performance. So far, so good.
As children, people would tell us we could either view the glass as half-full or half-empty. This point of view would then define how we look at life. Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Just think of that half-filled (or half-empty) beverage and you have your answer. We use these terms to then define ourselves and others in these simple terms. In 1990, however, Martin Seligman proved that optimism can be learned—by anybody at any age. Pessimists couldn’t believe it! Peter Schulman then demonstrated that optimists sold 35% more than pessimists. Optimism suddenly became a trait worth hiring for in sales.
If Peter Drucker is the father of modern business then Dale Carnegie is its savvy uncle. The one who seems to have loads of insight and income, though you’re not exactly sure where either came from. His book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” has taught generations of salespeople how to be more likable, persuasive, and effective. At the very core of Uncle Dale’s method is relationship-building—in order to be successful, you need to be honest, engaged, and generally enjoyable to be around.