A long, long, long, long time ago when I (Andrea) was in college, I was walking across campus to a class. It was a brand new semester and I was hustling to a sculpture class. (Yes, I was an art student!) On the way there another student, obviously a freshman, stopped me along the way. He said, Excuse me, can you tell me where Rood Hall is?
I was stumped. I was trying so hard to process why this Freshman was asking me where this hall was. I stood there a moment, and I can only imagine my face was one of complete puzzlement as I stared at him. I didn’t say a word. I slowly looked to my left and raised a finger to point. There is was. Rood Hall. About 50 feet away. With the sign “Rood Hall” facing us.
The Freshman thanked me and skulked away to his class. I’m sure he felt completely foolish for asking for something that was right in front of him.
This happens all the time. Not just to flustered Freshmen, but to people driving, walking, talking, eating, working, playing. I can’t tell you how many times my clients get emails from people asking to be unsubscribed from a newsletter, even though each and every newsletter must (by law) have an unsubscribe in it.
So, today my #tipoftheday is this: Pay Attention. Look before you leap. Think before you act. Engage brain before opening mouth, and any other idiom you can think of. You’ll find yourself being able to solve issues because you’re more aware.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.