Genuine Curiosity

Author Dwayne Melancon is always on the lookout for new things to learn. An ecclectic collection of postings on personal productivity, travel, good books, gadgets, leadership & management, and many other things.


Is something eating you?

If you're a regular visitor to this blog, you may have noticed that I no longer have any of those hover popup windows coming up for any of my links.  Those originally came about out of my fascination for futzing around with things, and went away because of something that happened today.

Here's what went down:  I got an email from Eric, who told me that he was very annoyed with them and asked if I'd consider taking them off.  No problem - I figure that his one complaint could represent numerous other folks who find them annoying, so they are gone.

As he pointed out, he could have simply moved on and stopped coming here.  Instead, he chose to let me know so I would have the opportunity to make this site a more enjoyable place for him.  I love that.

It's unlikely people will fix things if they don't know they're broken

Fistshake Is there someone in your life that's bugging you, but you haven't let them know?  If they don't know it's a problem there's not much hope they'll do anything to improve the situation, is there? 

What can you do?  Here are some possibilities:

  • Complain about the person who's annoying you to someone else
  • Bottle it up inside and tough it out
  • Wait until things reach the boiling point and unleash the rage
  • Walk away and give up

Unfortunately, none of these is likely to make the situation much better.

Take responsibility for your own well-being

From time to time, I'd venture we could all take a cue from Eric.

If someone is doing something that annoys you:  In the spirit of wanting to make things better, let them know you're not satisfied with the current situation, and tell them how you'd like things to be. 

Sure, the popup thing was a pretty small issue for me to fix.  But Eric's approach works for the big stuff, too.  And who knows - you just might get what you ask for.