Be Easy to Impress and Hard to Offend By Brian Biro

In a world filled with so many WOOs (windows of opportunity), why do so many of us miss out on so much possibility and happiness?

How can we rediscover the joy that bubbled out of us so easily when we were children? A WOO of the greatest magnitude and a can’t-miss recipe for joy and connection is to become easy to impress and hard to offend. It is also a delicious recipe for Network Marketing greatness and success!

Those who are difficult to impress miss out on so much delight, wonder, and shining opportunities to truly connect with others. And so much defensiveness, resentment, and missed WOOs result for those who are easily offended.

My grandmother Ruby was the best example I’ve ever known of a person who was always ready to be impressed and delighted.

Her secret was that she looked for the light—and since what we focus on is what we create, she found wonder in everything. She was an extraordinary WOO-seizer.

A trip to the supermarket with Ruby was like a treasure hunt. When she found a beautiful ripe piece of fruit in the produce section, she could hardly hold back her enthusiasm. She was so excited by the deals she would get with her coupons. And as we checked out, she always managed to find something to compliment about the other people in line, the clerk scanning her purchases, or the helper who bagged her groceries. She made their days brighter. She walked into the store with a grocery list but always emerged with friends and treasures. That’s a person who is easy to impress.

My great friend and the publisher of this very magazine, George Madiou, is another brilliant example of the magic you create when you are easy to impress. 

George, as much as anyone I’ve ever known, looks for the best in everyone he meets.  As a result, he is always open to learning and growing.  The Network Marketing Magazine is a reflection of his delight in discovering the wisdom, practices, beliefs, and actions of NM leaders and his passion to share these insights with YOU!  The unbridled pleasure he receives from being easy to impress makes it impossible to be around George without feeling better about yourself!  That is magic indeed!

When those around us sense that we are delighted and impressed by them, how does it make them feel? Instantly they feel valued and significant. And I’ve found that they in turn treat others with greater kindness, interest, and enthusiasm. When we choose to focus on the light, like George and Ruby, we ignite an upward spiral of happiness and connection. We also become much harder to offend.

Golfing legend Jack Nicklaus is a great example of the long-term impact of being hard to offend. When Nicklaus first emerged on the golfing scene, he immediately shook the status quo by beating the undisputed fan favorite, Arnold Palmer. This certainly didn’t win him a lot of fans; in fact, he was reviled by many. Nicklaus was portrayed as the bad guy, an undeserving upstart who had no business challenging the beloved Palmer. Most of the venom spewed at Nicklaus had nothing to do with his talent, but rather attacked his appearance, personality, and style. It was unfair and mean-spirited.

But Nicklaus refused to be offended. He simply went about his game with great dignity, effort, and class. He gave credit to others and took responsibility for his own actions and performance no matter the outcome.

By being difficult to offend and by patiently holding to his principles, Nicklaus gradually saw the tide of public opinion turn, despite the fact that he and Palmer continued to be one of golf’s greatest rivalries for more than a decade. Today he is revered even more for the quality of his character than for his unmatched accomplishments on the golf course. He has lived an extraordinary life in part because he refused to be offended.

Nicklaus has taught us a powerful lesson: no one can offend us without our permission.

We always have a choice about our reactions and response. If we allow ourselves to be offended, we will live much of our lives on the defensive. As Mike and the Mechanics said so perfectly in their song “The Living Years,” “We all talk a different language, talking in defense…”

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