A Word from A
Do I Get?"
1999, by Cheryl Demas
- We celebrated Stay Home With Your Kids
Day yesterday. I wanted to celebrate the fact that I'm able to
be home with my girls. But, it's difficult to celebrate a new
holiday, there are no traditions to follow.
So I thought I would ask the
kids. I told them, "Stay Home With Your Kids Day is coming
"Yay! What do we get?"
"Well you get, ... ME! All
I could tell by their expressions
that this wasn't the answer they had hoped to hear.
As adults we try to suppress
this natural "What's in it for me?" tendency. But I
think deep down, when we hear about a something new, we all think,
"What do I get?"
When you're thinking about starting
a business, or beginning a new project, do you think first of
the clients, the people you can help with your product or service?
Or do you think, "What do I get?" We all tell our kids
that they have to think of others first. How many times have
you told them as Christmas approached, "It's better to give
than to receive."?
Are you following your own advice?
If you approach your business
with this generous attitude, I think you will have a better chance
of success. Can you describe your business to someone in terms
of what you give? Think about it. When asked about your business,
do you speak about the products you provide, the service you
give to others? Or do you jump right to the commission plan?
Think about what you are "giving"
first, and the "getting" will follow.
After I had explained the concept
of celebrating our day together, I let my kids choose our activities.
They decided that I would play Nintendo with them, then we met
their dad for pizza at lunchtime. We watched a few cartoons,
and then baked a cake together. They figured we couldn't have
a celebration without a cake. All in all, it was a pretty typical
day, but it was special because we were celebrating the fact
that because I'm working from home, we're able to be together
all day, every day.
As we were getting ready for
bed, my youngest daughter, Dani, said, "I wish tomorrow
was Stay Home With Your Kids Day too."
I just smiled and thought, "It
is Dani, ... it is."