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A Good Future

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Recently I was pondering on the importance of caring for the young in our society. The future depends on how we as adults teach them to conduct themselves and treat others.


In fact, there was a study done by the Carnegie Foundation that shows 15% of success in life depends on skills, 85% on how well we do socially. In other words when we care for others we not only feel happier, our chances to have a satisfying career increase drastically.

Often we do have the mistaken idea that people with mean behavior are more successful. The statistics don’t show that. It has been proven that kindness reduces cortisol, which is the main stress hormone. Less stress means better quality of work – and a better quality of life. And who doesn’t want that?

If only 15% are skills and 85% are social skills, we learn something very interesting. Even if we are worldclass at something – when we are disrespectful or careless towards others we will not enjoy all the laurels we could if we would be a little bit kinder and more empathic.


I remember a friend coming from Canada to study Music in Vienna. He had a very hard time with all the paperwork that had to be done. The 2nd floor of the University was filled with little rooms, in each of them sitting one lady behind a desk. None of them were particularly friendly or helpful for this burocratic paperwork. They were impatient that his German was not quite refined, too.

He was so frustrated that he decided to change course. He went to a bakery and bought a huge amount of fine handmade cinnamon rolls. He put each one in a nice bag and marched to the second floor to bring every lady one of those bags.
He said, thank you, you are doing such a difficult work here. You have to deal with so many people from so many different countries and they all just come with their problems.
You are doing a wonderful job here, I just wanted to say thank you.

And guess what. What happend next was the grumpy faces disappeared and his paperwork was done quickly and smoothly.

We don’t lose anything by being friendly and helpful.
If we try, we can touch other peoples lives and are an example for a better future.


Thank you for reading this,
I appreciate you,
much love,


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