Cultivate the skill of gentle persuasion

Instead of ignoring Warren Buffet who referred to bitcoin as a ‘gambling device’ and ‘probably rat poison squared’, Justin Sun, the 28-year-old founder of blockchain platform TRON and CEO of peer-to-peer file sharing protocol BitTorrent, did something extraordinary. He competed with others and won this year’s charity steak lunch with the legendary investor, bidding with $4,567,888. Invariably, Justin paid $4.6 million for the opportunity to dine with Buffett. I should however emphasize that the fund raised will be used by Glide Charity, the organizer of the annual event, to provide meals for the city’s homeless people, offer support to domestic violence victims and help people find shelter.  Justin hopes to educate the Oracle of Omaha on cryptocurrency and the underlying technology, called blockchain. Justin said in a telephone interview that ‘it is very common in investment circles that people will change their minds…I look at the upcoming lunch with Buffett as an opportunity to seek mutual understanding and growth” and he also tweeted “…I’ll also invite blockchain industry leaders to meet with a titan of investment. I hope this benefits everyone.” What a way to respond to someone that doesn’t agree with you. Justin showed us the extent we should go to convince others who may not agree with us. And that we can love without agreeing with someone and disagree without hating.  We may not have lunch with those that don’t agree with us, but we can reach out, listen, be patient and gently explain our point. Although gentle persuasive approach is essential especially for everyone who works with older adults, the approach can be used to influence anyone positively.

“The ability to influence people without irritating them is the most profitable skill you can learn.” Napoleon Hill