There are so many business ideas that can open up multiple streams of income for us if only we would take the risk, plan and then invest.
Most times, a partnership could make it easier to venture into a business as start-up cost, responsibilities and risk are shared.
So, when we sit with our friends, it is important that we brain storm on what we can do to create wealth or be a blessing to our world rather than GOSSIP
( I got you there right?)* wink
You probably thought this article was on business and partnership but it isn’t.
It’s about the need to be productive rather than wasting time on
“ casual unconstrained reports about other people which are not confirmed as true.”
We all know that we shouldn’t talk about people behind their backs but our natural inquisitiveness seems to engulf us anytime we are with friends. We feed the nagging emptiness of our self-image by talking about the struggles of others.
While this can temporarily boost our self-esteem, we must understand that it is as damaging to us as it is to the objects of our gossip.
Hence, we need to consciously stay away from gossip using the tips below.
- Take the plunge: – we all have big dreams and aspirations. Most times, we get afraid of venturing because we think we would fail. So? What if we fail? At least we would know that we tried but the truth is, there is a great chance that we would succeed. taking the plunge would keep us busy and productive. Our eyes would be fixed on succeeding rather than knowing stuff about others.
- Be quiet: – try being quiet as a friend babble’s a few spiteful words about someone else. Don’t say a word … I’m sure the next time that friend thinks of gossiping, she would restrain herself.
- Change the subject: – sometimes, friends just don’t take the hint. After using silence to no avail, you might need to change the subject. Interrupt the conversation with a positive message. This should work out pretty well BUT if it doesn’t, move to number 4.
- Ask for the source:- Ask for the source of the gist and inform the friend that he/she will be quoted. Just say,
“ May I quote you on this story” ,
“ Can I confirm your story from the people involved?”
And end the conversation by informing your “informant” that you do not appreciate being told about other people.
you may wish to suggest a few businesses that you guys could venture into.
No matter what you do or say to a gossiping friend be nice and watch your tone.
Prend soin de toi!