Life in Another’s Shoes: How to Embrace Empathy

This week we have spoken quite a bit on the importance of empathy and embracing all walks of life. However, we have yet to speak about how to develop empathy.

Empathy is a crucial skill whether you are dealing with coworkers, employees, customers, or friends. It is what gives us the human connection person everyone craves. In fact, it could be the difference between a good leader and a great one.

Does empathy not come naturally to you? Here are a few ways to empathize with people in your life so you can better understand what they need.

Put Yourself Aside

A pivotal part of developing empathy is to put yourself aside.  Empathy is about putting another person’s feelings before your own. Don’t create something just because you think YOU would like it. Develop’ product because you think other people will enjoy it or find it useful. Look at some of the most successful inventors in history. They didn’t create things because they would get rich. They did it because it would make the lives of others easier.

Put Yourself in Other’s Shoes

Although it’s one of the easiest the concepts to understand, this step is one of the hardest practices in developing empathy. The best way to strengthen this skill, you need to READ and IMAGINE yourself as a completely different person. If you are middles aged, middle-class male business owner, read about a young boy risking his life to immigrate to America or the experience of a single mother struggling to make ends meet in the slums.

Ask Questions

One of the easiest ways to understand someone else’s perspective is to ask questions. Ask how someone would react to a situation or what kinds of struggles they experience every day. Not only will you learn more about how other people live and think, but you will also make that person feel heard.

Listen

The most important part of empathy is listening. Even if you don’t agree with a person’s opinion, listing to their story and ideas will help you understand them. Don’t talk. Don’t argue. Just take a moment to listen and comprehend what they are saying. Notice their body language. Open your heart to them as they are opening up to you. When they share their opinion, make sure they know you heard them. Validate their opinion. It might not be correct, but it is THEIR’S, and they are not going to let go of that thinking easily. All we can do is peacefully agree to disagree.

 

IN-Spiration: Small Ideas Can Have Change the World

What can change the world? This is what we’re asking for today’s IN-Spiration.

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

What does it take to change the world? An icon? An army? A piece of paper? For Malala Yousafzai, it was a blog that she wrote for the BBC.  It expanded her message of education from a little town in Afghanistan to the world stage. Then, when she got shot point-blank the Taliban, that message took on a whole new weight.

Malala was proof that anyone can change the world no matter their age, gender, or where they grew up. She’s the youngest Noble Peace Prize winner in history and inspires thousands of girls around the world to get an education no matter the consequences. She hopes to convince others that a book, a teacher, and a child thirsty for knowledge can help change the way the world works.

You might have an idea that led you to start your company or invent your product. However, you doubt that it will make a major impact. Look at this inspiration as a sign that it’s not. Your small piece of history can have a lasting impact whether it’s just in one person’s life or the entire world. Are you ready to change the world?

Now, what do you think? How can your brand inspire the world? Let us know in our comments below or message us on Facebook TODAY!

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What is “In-spiration?” In addition to creating custom content for entrepreneurs, Write Mind Media LLC is dedicated to helping business professionals create inspiring brands.  We help them to become better business professionals and human beings through inspirational quotes, an in-depth look at how these ideas can help you in business, and developing weekly challenges to push our readers to do better.

IN-Spiration: Remembering the Legacy of Elie Wiesel

My last class with Elie Wiesel.

If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, then you might have seen our post about Dr. Elie Wiesel on Sunday, which is also our In-spiration quote of the day today.

   “Think Higher, Feel Deeper”

The reason this is one of my favorite quotes of all time is that it encourages humanity to learn and that, in learning, we may become better human beings.

This is a concept that I hold near and dear to my heart. I have always believed that in education, learning about different cultures and ideas, we might become closer to each other as human beings.  We may understand each other and not see one another as different creatures but as the species.

Elie Wiesel dedicated his life to education both as a teacher and a student. He never felt like he had learned enough, understood enough about humanity and the world we call home. Up until his death last year, he was constantly trying to expand his mind.

This is a lesson that I hold close to my heart especially after taking his course at Eckerd College twice. Hearing his words and soaking in his presence was inspiring.

Which brings me to the second quote.

Yes, I said SECOND! You get two today!

               “We are all witnesses.”

We are each a witness to each other’s stories. Everyone wants to feel as if their story will not only be heard but that it will also be remembered. It is Memory that ensures our influence on the future and is proof that our life was impactful.

Elie Wiesel made it his life’s mission to serve as a witness for the people who suffered and lost their lives in the Holocaust through his book “Night.” We are each a witness to the suffering around the world.

 

That is why learning how to tell your story, your business’s story, and acknowledging the story of your audience is imperative. If we intend to leave a mark, we must first recognize the mark that every person has on our Earth.

Now, what do you think? What does this quote inspire in you and how can you apply it to your business endeavors?

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What is “In-spiration?” In addition to creating custom content for entrepreneurs, Write Mind Media LLC is dedicated to helping business professionals create inspiring brands.  We help them to become better business professionals and human beings through inspirational quotes, an in-depth look at how these ideas can help you in business, and developing weekly challenges to push our readers to do better.