How to Drive People Absolutely Crazy – The Godfather Principle

The conversations occur everywhere.  At networking events, church socials, Chamber of Commerce lunches, and telephone calls with others.  Everywhere people struggle with the daily grind and toil of life.

There is something you can do, that will make you unforgettable to those in your world.Do a nice deed for them.

Then walk away.

Don’t stick around for accolades, or the compliment, the expression of gratitude and thanks.   Just walk away.  The result is incalculable.

For example.  Enter the Godfather.  A slice of dialog out of the movie when a petitioner approaches the Godfather to ask for some injustice to be dealt with.  Comes the reply from the Godfather,

“Someday, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day, accept this justice as a gift on my daughter’s wedding day.”

We can do this more for others.  I don’t do it enough.  I have had people tell me decades later that they appreciated some small thing I did for them.  They don’t forget.  And this is LONG after you have forgotten.

You can’t do something nice for someone else without it coming back.   It doesn’t have to be a gift.  It could be an introduction to another person.  Perhaps you share an article that might help.   You send a note. . . personalized of course.

They will not forget.  Because they feel a deep indebtedness.  Try it.

You will discover the meaning of the humorous quote, “No good deed goes unpunished.”

More importantly, others will talk about you as you walk away with a statement Tonto heard consistently.

“Who is that masked man?”

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