Tip: A Tip about the Tip!
Most of you read this Tip each week. Some of you receive the Tip and forward it to your friends and co-workers. We receive positive comments from literally all over the world in response to the Tip of the Week article and we are very grateful for that. Thank you so much for your support!
One of our objectives is to see that the Tip is always positive, up-beat and encouraging. We want it to add a “lift” to your step and a smile to your face.
Someone recently shared with me that the word “Tip” originated from the concept of teaching workers that if they wanted to make additional income they needed “To Insure Promptness”. Just think about a server in a restaurant and you will get a clear picture of what I am talking about. I thought to myself, “I like that!” And that really is what the Tip each week is all about. When we write a Tip and provide good information, it is To Insure Promptness in some aspect of your personal life.
Perhaps the promptness is related to a particular task or maybe even a specific relationship. In other words, the Tips are not meant to be a waste of time or to provide you with useless information. They are designed to give you applicable steps to make life work a little bit better and to help make relationships a little more enjoyable.
Promptness is actually the opposite of delay. Promptness moves quickly and decidedly. Delay moves slowly and randomly. All of us have experienced a lack of promptness in some aspect of life. When was the last time you went out to a restaurant to eat? Did you want promptness or delay? Watch the people who are eating and laughing at their tables and then take a look at the ones still standing in line. See if you can notice any difference. Do you think promptness or delay matters in the restaurant industry?
Perhaps we waited for a friend for a long, long time and they never came. Maybe we wanted to see something happen in our business life but it was delayed. Maybe we were trying to reach a goal or accomplish a specific objective but, for one reason or another, we were just not able to do it. Promptness to the goal was never achieved…in the short term, or in the long term. We all know how frustrating those experiences can feel.
I realize that some things cannot happen overnight. But, even the word “promptness” seems to imply that progress is being made and a desired goal will eventually be reached or achieved.
After learning this new information about the origin of the word “Tip”, I went back and reviewed many of the Tips I had written in the past and sure enough, all of them were meant “To Insure Promptness” in one aspect of life or another. Some of them were written as they related to business, while others are related to personality style. But, all of the Tips have a definite point that requires some specific action which will cause you to take another step in the right direction. Pretty cool stuff!
I like simplicity and I like things I can remember. I hope you will remember that these Tips are designed “To Insure Promptness” in a specific area of your life that will positively impact everything that you do. (Also, you can read below the guidelines for passing along these Tips to everyone you know!) Again, thank you so much!
Tip: A Tip about the Tip!
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm