Ask, Listen, Implement

A Good Man – Chapter 13 – JohnA Passaro


The greatest compliment ever paid to me
Was when one asked me what I thought
And attended to my answer.

Henry David Thoreau


It couldn’t have been more than a few months after I started working at Peconic Beverage when Bill began to ask my opinion on matters in the store.

“What product do you think we should display here?” he would ask.

“Why?” And he would give me time to back up my answer.

“You know – that makes sense, I’m going to go with that.”

And he would.

Just like that.


Valuing someone else’s opinion seems like such a small deal.

It is not.

It is one of the greatest compliments one person can pay to another.

To ask what one thinks, or how one feels is being considerate.

To truly listen, understand and implement what one thinks is the greatest compliment you can give a person.

You are sending a message that their voice is important.

Everyone wants to feel important.

Soren Kierkegaard said:

“Presence is infinitely more rewarding than productivity.”


Read the next chapter – Little Things


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