Hello guys, let’s play a game. No need to panic it’s not Squid Game guys. This game will help us understand why the little things are impactful.
I want you to read the sentence below, and as you do so count the number of Fs that you find.
Awesome. How many Fs did you find? 3, 4, 5, or 6?
Did you perhaps miss the two-letter words ending in Fs?
Feel free to check the sentence again.
Matt Abraham from Stanford Graduate School of Business used this game as an analogy in his lecture – Think Fast, Talk Smart: Communication Techniques – to teach his class the little things that can affect speaking in public spontaneously. According to him, “It’s the little things that make a big difference in being effective.”
If your answer was incorrect do not think that you are not smart (olodo). However, it’s as a result of not paying attention to the teeny weeny things.
Little things can make a big difference
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that neglecting the little things will only have consequences in spontaneous speaking. Can you not recall a time when it was the little things that kept you sane?
The other day I was washed, pressed dressed, and ready to leave the house. I was going to be late if I did not leave on time, traffic being what it is in town. I was going to take the bus but couldn’t find my keys. I hear you groaning too. It is one of the most infuriating situations a person can find themselves in.
I was disgruntled and pulled at my hair as I searched all over the apartment for the keys. I went back to the table where we kept the keys and stared blankly at the empty spot where the keys should have been. I was late and bemoaned my existence.
The takeaway is that you need to pay close attention to those little things that can be easily overlooked. They come back to bite you in the butt – take a huge chunk too. They may likely ruin your plans. So keep it in mind that doing the little things make a huge difference between getting it right and making a mess.
If only I had returned the keys to the table when I got home from work the previous day. It was such a little thing to do that would save me time and energy.
For you, it could be taking a 20mins break from work every day, or waking up early to meditate and plan your day, or it could be a smile from a stranger, or wearing your favorite shirt, or cooking a meal for your spouse, or staying consistent with your exercise routine, walking the dog in the evening, tending to your plants, feeling wanted and loved and so on.
These little things can a big difference in your day, your relationship, your work, and your life in general.
The little things are called little for a reason. They are those things that you see and yet you don’t see. You may not be able to realize it until it may be too late. By paying attention to yourself and your surrounding you’ll be able to notice the little things that you miss. Spend time doing these little things that give you pleasure, makes you stronger, lifts your spirit, improves your productivity and better your life.
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7 thoughts on “Why Little Things Make A Big Difference”
Interesting, I only counted 3 words at first.
Great message 🤝
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Thank you, Derrick. I also counted 3fs at first and I was shocked that I missed it. It’s a good lesson.
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Oh yeah, I’ve achieved great things by doing only the little things. They’re not to be underestimated sometimes. Like Michelin-star chef Marco Pierre White says, perfection is a lot of little things done well. Thanks for this post!
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You are welcome, Stuart. Thank you for stopping by.