My sweet little eight year old came to me with a very frustrating problem today.
He couldn’t figure out where to put his coins and his wallet was too fat to close. The wallet was basically useless. He couldn’t figure out how it was supposed to be a better option than his piggy bank that everything fits in easily.
I can look at the wallet and see the benefits for him: easier to carry than a piggy bank and no risk of breaking it. So of course I’d been encouraging him to give the wallet a chance.
The “too fat” wallet seems like a great thing to me, not a problem. But back to his issues…
As I opened his wallet up I discovered he’d just smashed all of his dollar bills into it — each one folded up into an impressive feat of curious origami. The result, of course, was that they all bunched up on top of each other and made his wallet difficult to close.
Simple fix, right?
It took me about two minutes to show him how to flatten and then place his dollar bills into the dollar spot, and then to show him what the little pockets were for.
“Wow, thanks Mom!”
He’s a bright little guy. But he hadn’t taken time to really LOOK at his wallet and figure out how it worked. He was in a hurry and used what had worked best for his piggy bank — fold and stuff.
Sometimes we forget how the simple things can be really helpful.
We forget just how much we know that others might not as they’re moving through phases in their businesses and growing into new tools and strategies. We can share over and over “this works!” but without demonstrating how and why, it can be frustrating for those just learning it.
You’ve got knowledge that can help your readers and clients–even the simple things that seem so obvious, others haven’t taken time to figure out and you can help them and there’s tremendous value in that.
Remember to share the simple lessons, too.
Your turn! What events in your life remind you of little lessons like this? What simple things might be perfect for you to share next on your blog?