Simple Little Lessons, Gigantic Results


As children, most of our parents taught us a series of simple lessons.

These lessons were things like:

  • Clean your ears.
  • Use soap to wash under your arms.
  • Brush your teeth after a meal.
  • Scrub behind your ears.
  • Clean between your toes.

That’s just a few.

small-thingsAs mature adults, we assume that other adults have all learned these simple little lessons; of course that’s until we meet or experience another adult that hasn’t learned or perfected one or two of the simple lessons I just shared.

Funny how such simple childhood lessons can make a huge impact, when they’re neglected.

For example, think about your knee jerk reaction when you bump into a colleague that still have remnants of their breakfast, stuck in their teeth during an important meeting.

…or the stranger with whom you share a short ride in an elevator with noticeably dirty ears. (Yeah…you can see the ear wax.)

…or that passenger, on your plane, in the seat next to you, that wasn’t taught or decided to neglect that simple lesson about the necessity of soap and water being used underneath the arms.

Simple things, big impact.
Simple lessons, gigantic results.


When you prepare for an important presentation, or you’re looking to close a huge sale’s deal, you probably aren’t considering the role your clean, white smile will play in the outcome.

…and if that presentation doesn’t go so well, or you lose the sale’s deal, you’d probably look for all the complex reasons things didn’t work out in your favor, but what if it was something fairly simple like:

  • You forgot to follow-up.
  • You didn’t say please and thank you.
  • You didn’t say hello and/or shake a hand.
  • You didn’t smile.
  • You didn’t apologize when necessary.
  • You forgot your wallet and now you can’t pay for that lunch meeting.

The list goes on…

What are you doing that’s really simple?
What are you not doing that’s really simple?
What are the consequences?

Simple things, big impact.
Simple lessons, gigantic results.

the little thingsThe little things matter.
…and in a world that typically rewards the competence to manage an amazing array of complexities, it becomes increasingly easier to forget some of the simplest of things.

What are two or three simple little lessons you need to remember and prioritize?

Share one or all of these lessons in a comment below.
We probably could all use your simple little reminder, too!

We all can do a better job at remembering the simple stuff, like staying inspired, because it’s a lifestyle choice!

What’s your simple thing?

About the Author:

Linal Harris
Global Entrepreneur – Certified Life Coach – Media Personality – Speaker


Linal Harris is a global entrepreneur, certified life coach, author, and media personality. As the founder of Inspirational Perspective® Publishing, LLC and Insights 4 Life™ Coaching, LLC, Harris challenges his global audience and coaching clients to Murder Mediocrity® and live their best life possible. Harris concentrates his work as an ontological coach with clients on what he calls the 4 pillars of life; the relationship we have to ourselves, the relationships we have with others, our relationship to work and money, and the connection we have to our spirit and life’s purpose. Harris coaches CEO’s, executives, entrepreneurs, athletes and celebrities. Harris is the author of “Slay Your Goals”, where he provides his readers with scientific and research backed tips for achieving their goals. Harris is an expert goal-setter and has been called upon by Fortune 500 companies to assist with setting their strategic priorities, facilitate goal-setting sessions and provide inspirational talks.

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