How Animals can Teach Humans Lessons in Life

Dog owners know exactly what their babies shower them unconditionally: Loyalty, companionship, love, and therapy.

Statistics and studies proved that there are health benefits  than can be derived from owning dogs or other pets such as cats, fish, birds, etc.

Aside from the health benefits they provide, we, the dominant species, can learn lessons in life from animal behavior. Motivation, learning, cognition and emotion shape an animal’s behavioral decisions.

Yes, animals function and interact with their brains and emotions too. And the most neurological common ground between humans and animals is the survival instinct.  According to NYU scientist Joseph Ledoux, “The survival circuit concept integrates ideas about emotion, motivation, reinforcement, and arousal in the effort to understand how organisms survive and thrive by detecting and responding to challenges and opportunities in daily life.”

How animals respond to challenges in life will fascinate you as you read the following story.

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

MORAL :

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

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Are you Ready to Drive an Office on Wheels?

When it comes to service differentiation and reinventing the wheels, Margie Peck of Arizona won me over when I read the article in Realtor Magazine Making A Difference, One Short Sale at a Time.

In keeping up with the competition or to sustain competitiveness, business should create, communicate and deliver value to customers. 

But how do business create, communicate and deliver value to customers? 

 Without a doubt, the offshoot of technology proves that print ads are cocooning into obsolescence.

Loyalty marketing is now the trend for people in the know in the marketing field. Loyalty marketing is the practice of using technology to build customer     relationships. Consumers make purchase decisions based on a combination of economic value and emotional appeal. This line of thought is very much   aligned with emphatic insight that even if the firm holds a regular share of the market for its products, it has to maintain customer loyalty by adding value through product innovation and excellent customer service. Customer is King.

Therefore, if we help our customers save time then we are adding value to our service.

 So, let us take a look at how Margie Peck drive her Office on Wheels 

** portable scanners (without internal memory),

**iron key password-protected flash drives, and a

**secured digital signature application on tablets.

They scan and secure clients’ financial documentsEvery member of their team brings everything needed to make the collection of documents secure on-the-go and directly from the clients’ home.

They use a template for typing up all their clients’ documents so anyone at the bank can read them.

Her team also records every conversation they have with lenders and types notes into the system, which the home owner can access.

And every phone interaction is backed up with a .wav file and kept in an encrypted, secure location.

Wheeew! Is your office ready for a test drive yet? In my case, it will be making a difference one wheel at a time.