People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care. 

Dale Carnegie talks about this principle in his book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” – especially pointing out the basic human need to feel important. I’ve written about that in previous blogs, but I wanted to take that a step further in this one. 

I think it’s safe to say that we all share in a similar desire to be successful, but what does that really mean? How do we know when we’re successful? Is it when we reach a certain dollar amount in our checking account? Name recognition? Becoming a published author? Headlining a concert in an arena? 

Whatever your dream – if it’s rooted in one simple philosophy you’ll already be way ahead of your counterparts. 

Make wherever you are, better than before you got there. 

Leave the people you meet better than they were before they met you. Make them feel better about themselves. Give them a boost. John Maxwell teaches the “Elevator Principle” – people are constantly getting on and off of your elevator…are you going up or down? Are they getting off on a floor above or below where they first got on? I think the elevator principle is important because it also means that wherever you’re taking people, you also go. It’s impossible for you to put someone down and lift yourself. The good news is it’s also impossible for you to lift someone up and not experience a lift in your life! 

If you borrow something, return it in better shape than you received it. For example, if you borrow someone’s car – take it through the car wash before you return it. Borrow the neighbors lawn mower? Give the engine a tuneup and refill it with gas. 

You’re not going to be in the same place for long. As you leave, someone will be coming in behind you. What you leave behind says more about you and your character than you ever could while you were there. Leave the world better than you found it.