How do you react when someone cuts you off on the highway or gives you the time-honored “single-finger salute”?

You have no control over what that person does or thinks. What you can control is how you react.

David Polly got a great lesson on this from, of all people, a New York City taxi driver. 

So, in addition to the specific lesson he learned, here’s another. Never discount the wisdom of someone doing something that seems mundane or menial. They may be wiser than you give them credit for!

So what was the lesson David learned from the taxi driver?

Faced with Discourtesy? React with Courtesy!

Here’s Michael Thompson telling David’s story. There’s a valuable lesson in it.

Let’s face it! The world is full of people with all sorts of attitudes and mindsets. Many people are reacting to something in their lives. Maybe that guy’s wife left him this morning. Maybe that lady just suffered a million-dollar loss. Or, maybe some people just got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, or are naturally belligerent to everyone for no real reason.

Whatever is causing someone to snarl at you or do something to irritate you is their business. Your business is to move on unperturbed and stay focused on what you have to do. And, while you’re at it, smile at the nasty person. Maybe for the first time today, or in their life, they’ll take note of your smile and reconsider their approach!

When someone gets majorly distracted from their focus, research shows that it takes an average of 23 minutes to refocus. That’s nearly a half-hour of loss in productivity. Can you afford that several times a day? I can’t. 

Many things can distract us from time to time. We can learn to remove most of those things from our view. Don’t let the actions of others cause a distraction for you.

Smile at them and move on with your day.

Consider often the lesson David Polly learned from his taxi driver!

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