Continuing my sharing on the book “Winning With People” (and its workbook), one of the best chapters in the book is the discussion about the Celebration Principle. John Maxwell said that ‘the true test of friendship is not only how loyal we are when friends fail, but how thrilled we are when they succeed.”
As we’ve seen in our lives, success does not mean anything when there’s no one who celebrates it with you and shares that joy. Unfortunately, when we have issues or Bob mindset, this will also prevent us from celebrating the success of others. (more so when you are not in good terms)
To keep an open mind, I note the following:
When our success efforts are belittled, or worst, attacked or criticized or humiliated, it is best to take the high road and set a positive agenda with others, bring out the best in yourself. There’s nothing to be gained for fighting back.
I remember this line from a Denzel Washington movie (where he played a boxer who was put into jail). A kid with his friends helped appeal his case. He saw the boxer’s book in a book sale and his friend said, “sometimes a book finds you”. This book has indeed found me. The lessons gained will surely change the way I deal with people and there are things that I have to unlearn to fully apply it.