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100 Ways to Motivate Others by Chandler Steve

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89. Stop Pushing

Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish.

Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.

—Dwight D. Eisenhower

Thomas Crum gives seminars on how to use aikido philosophy in daily business life. He calls what he teaches, “the magic of conflict.” Scott remembers being there during one of the demonstrations Crum gave. Crum had someone come to the front of the room and stand up in front of him.

“Put out your hand, like this,” said Crum as he put his hand up as if taking an oath, touching the student’s upraised hand. The student just naturally, automatically reacted by pushing back.

Crum said, “That’s the natural way of human beings. I push, you give me resistance. You push back.”

Then he asked the student to extend his hand ...

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