A LESSON IN PERSISTENCE & PROBLEM SOLVING FROM A 3 YEAR OLD GIRL

November 12, 2009

DIANA*, at the age of 3, was in a local restaurant/bakery (that specialized in freshly-baked pies and homemade doughnuts) with her mom & brother.  She really wanted one of those sweet, tempting, greasy-fried delights very badly and proceeded to ask her mom for one, who quickly replied, “No, Diana — they’re not good for you!” Nevertheless, DRF (her initials) asked again…and again–and her mother finally warned, “DO NOT OPEN YOUR MOUTH AGAIN AND ASK FOR A DOUGHNUT–THE ANSWER IS NO!”

So Diana, aka, “Chickie,” (a nickname she despised, malevolently created by her brother, Mark**) began to think about it…she was wise enough to realize her mom was not about to give in should she attempt another verbal request…so she formulated a new plan to obtain the delicious goal she sought.

So Diana said, “Mommy, may I have a pencil?” Her mom was much more agreeable to that request. Taking a semi-crumpled napkin, Diana began the implementation of her crafty plan to secure her “just desserts” (pun intended).

So this tenacious, unrelenting 3 year old took the crude writing implement and slowly, carefully wrote the following message on a ketchup-smudged napkin:

MOMMY CAN I HAVE A DONAT?

Diana had accurately assessed the problem and knew her prospect (mom) quite well. Instead of continuing to nag her parent’s already committed heart, she disarmed her with surprise and tugged mommy’s heart-strings with the clever power of “cute.”

Despite the spelling issue, not only did Diana’s mother grant her bold request (after all, Diana technically did not break the DO NOT OPEN YOUR MOUTH AGAIN AND ASK FOR A DOUGHNUT prohibition), but her elder, very amazed, (4 year old) brother was also able to ride this exhilarating wave, grabbing onto Diana’s leadership coattails to taste his own sweet portion of what Stott brothers had to offer that morning.

Very impressive–a classic example of persistence, “changing the game” and influencing skills was manifested that very morning!

Click HERE to see where it all began! The moral of the story?

If at first you don’t succeed, even when you’ve tried, tried again:

  • Get into your prospect’s head and heart
  • Shift strategies accordingly

Diana happens to be my talented daughter, who masterminded this strategy twenty years ago.

* *Mark is my equally talented son who also manifested  signs of business acumen and strategic thinking at a very early age. I will be publishing  a narrative depicting his early, advanced proclivities shortly.

Think…and keep on persisting,

John
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One Response to “A LESSON IN PERSISTENCE & PROBLEM SOLVING FROM A 3 YEAR OLD GIRL”

  1. D. Levy Says:

    Beautiful story…is she still like that?


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