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Years ago while on a business trip to Milwaukee, Mark Sharenbroich discovered the power we each have to connect more fully with others. Let me explain.
Harley Davidson’s 100th-anniversary celebration had attracted enthusiasts from around the world to Wisconsin. From vagabond riders to weekend warriors, tens of thousands of bikers convened in the city. Although their backgrounds were wildly different, they had a simple, disarming way of connecting with one another.
Mark observed that, when one enthusiast approached another for the first time, the first words spoken were often: “Nice bike.”
These two words lowered barriers. Built a bridge of shared interest and mutual respect. And poured the foundation for genuine connection. Mark observed that, in acknowledging what was important to a fellow rider, an instant and authentic connection was made.
More importantly, he realized that what is true for Harley Davidson enthusiasts is true for all of us. Mark suggests three ways to deepen our connection with others:
“Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard and valued.” -Brene Brown
Today, whether you’re rolling into town on your Harley Davidson or hopping off the local bus: Remind others that they matter and the best is yet to come.
This is your day. Live Inspired.
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