I recently finally got in touch with my Grandpa after not knowing him for my entire life. We had met, but never really had the time to sit down and talk. I've spent the last two months with him and the wisest thing he's told me is now my mantra in dealing with any conflict, my new way of motivating myself in any situation. Think positively and similarly. While the second part may not seem to have much meaning at first, it works in any situation. Say your in a rough situation or conflict. How do you solve it? Think similarly with the other person and concentrate on those similarities instead of the differences. Too many people harp on the bad things, but it's the similarities that truly make any relationship work. The same thing goes for say a first time business meeting. When your searching for motivation, again think similarities. What is the one characteristic of a symbiotic relationship? Helping both sides which is done through examining both sides' similarities. Similarities are in everything we do. They make us feel comfortable. This is why we go to the same coffee shop every morning, or take the same bus. They comfort us and help us live our daily lives. As such they should be used to motivate us daily and are truly something we should always keep in mind.
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