By Ted Schredd
Just last week I was visiting with a friend who was
off to a five day sailing race in the San Juan Islands.
It was just two years before that she had signed up
for some sailing lessons with her girlfriends and now
she was off in this big race. I congratulated her on
her most obvious advancement into her windy endeavor.
She agreed but told me she had been sailing for twenty
five years. “I don’t understand,”
I paused, “Why did you take those sailing lessons
– to brush up on your skills?” “No,”
Deb said, “I just wanted to get my friends sailing
so we all took a beginner course. Now they all love
sailing and I have plenty of friends to go out on the
Deb dropped all of her sailing ego and went back to
basics. She inspired her friends into a new sport and
diversified their fun portfolio. There was no forcing,
only encouragement. If you want your friends to play
with you, go take some beginner lessons with them. Everybody
feels awkward at a new sport and just by being there
with them you can be awkward together. You will earn
respect from your friends and you may even get better
at your activity. You will also gain diversified playmates
that are truly inspired to be with you.
Hats off and a bow to Deb Johnson of Summerland, BC.
Deb’s Positive Sneakiness Technique is a wonderful
way to involve your friends in your life.
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