Children have a way of teaching us some great life lessons. Life is usually pretty simple for them. For children life is just a big party waiting to be enjoyed.
A few weeks ago my family and I went to the beach on vacation. We were only there a few days, but I noticed how easy it was for my children to make friends. I was shocked as to how quickly they met another child and started playing. Even my 20 month old son got in on the action. I watched him walk from umbrella to umbrella shaking hands and saying hi. (I’m not kidding!)
After 4 days of watching my children I noticed 5 characteristics they used to make friends:
- Be genuine – My children didn’t try to change who they were to make friends. They were simply themselves.
- Be friendly – They smiled to other people and invited them to participate in what they were doing.
- Ask engaging questions – They took the time to ask their names, where they lived and etc.
- Don’t have an agenda – They simply wanted to be a friend to someone else.
- Don’t make it about you – My children shared their toys and even shared their snacks with their new friends.
There have been a lot of books written on the business of networking. Most of what is passed off as networking is nothing more than selfish ploys to get what we want. I think if we would make it about being generous to others we might be more successful at it.
My children proved that generosity always wins.