Your smile is a weapon. A weapon of mass construction! With it you can build relationships and connections. With it you can build joy and happiness in others who can go on and build joy and happiness in even more people.
It may be the most powerful weapon you have. At times, it is even more powerful than knowledge. It can help you overcome the things you don’t know. It is more valuable than beauty. A smile is a tool that should be used every chance that you have.
It was Andy Andrews, NY Times bestselling author of “The Travelers Gift”, that finally got me to understand the importance of the smile. In his book, “The Seven Decisions”, Andrews discusses how you can use the principles discussed the The Travelers Gift. Andrews saves his best kept secret for the book.
His secret, the one thing that can be done immediately that will help lead to personal success, is to smile while talking. I have tried this and have found it to be incredibly helpful. Try it for yourself and watch how your conversations benefit. People will be more interested in what you are saying. People will be more willing to open up to you. People will want to be around you more often.
These benefits can have astronomical effects on you and your level of success!
In contrast, recognize and observe when people don’t smile while talking. Or don’t smile at all for that matter. Do you want to be around them more or less than someone that smiles?
Some people think it’s cool to not smile. As if frowning shows that they have street credit. All this will do is attract other people who don’t smile. No one wants to be around a downer. And if you are a downer you are telling the world you want to hang out with other downers.
Why would you want to spend time with downers? The legendary motivational speaker and author, Jim Rohn, has a famous quote that we should all consider when finding people to spend our time with. “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Who are you spending your time with? Do they influence you in a positive way or do they bring you down?
This idea is not something you can overlook.
When I first heard that quote I looked at it from a different perspective. This is how I see it, you are one of the five people that others are spending most of their time with. How are you influencing them? Are you helping others be the best possible versions of themselves or are you hindering them from finding success?
It’s time you take a look in the mirror. Take a look at yourself and see what time of person you are. What are you offering to the world? Do you make the world a better place? Are people happy to see you come… or see you go?
Keep smiling. Your level of success depends on it.