Have you ever had a conversation that changed your life permanently? How?
I’m sure that I have, and probably lots of them, but I’ve been coming up blank which is why this question has been put off so long. I mean, I had a conversation once that made me realize that mortgage interest wasn’t the same as credit card interest which changed things… but did it really change things that much? I feel really bad because this is such an interesting question and I am dying to read everyone else’s answer, but I’ve just been coming up blank. I’ve had a couple of conversations with people that lead to quick publications, which is always nice, but I’m not sure how life-changing that is, just you know, marginally.
We’ve read books that have changed our lives. But that’s not a conversation. I’ve had conversations with people that they claim caused them to permanently change their lives. Apparently an off-hand comment I made to a friend about how dating without the internet was just as risky as dating using an internet service led her to meet her future husband through a dating app. Another friend credits my saying that she didn’t need to go into the family business if she didn’t want to and she should think about what she’s interested in as jump-starting her career, but I think she would have gotten there on her own anyway. I’ve saved a few of my colleagues hundreds of thousands of retirement dollars by explaining that they need to use TIAA-Cref or Fidelity rather than the super expensive retirement place that sends people around to get them to sign up with their program. They don’t realize that I’ve changed their lives permanently and probably won’t ever know or remember, but I did. A colleague credits me for introducing her to early potty training which she says was life-changing (I don’t even remember doing this! But there was a time when I was super into explaining it.)
What does it say about my massive ego that I remember when people tell me I’ve changed their lives with random conversations but I don’t remember other people changing mine? Nothing good! Also it’s weird that it’s always the off-handed comments that I barely remember that seem to spark people. Life is so random!
Grumpy Nation, please answer CG’s question! It’s so fascinating!