Larsen’s Words That Don’t Work: “Don’t worry about it”

“I’m concerned about this,” I said.

“Don’t worry about it,” he quickly replied and continued to punch buttons, flip switches and generally wreak havoc with the keyboard on my laptop.

Don’t worry about it?  Did he honestly expect that in that moment I would say, “Oh, why of course!  What am I thinking!  Just because the last time someone did this exact thing my computer froze and I lost all my data – that doesn’t mean it could happen again!  Please, please, oh wise technology wizard, do whatever you want with my computer!!”

I will not tell you what I wanted to physically DO to this guy… That’s another blog on how to restrain yourself from committing a crime…

The moral of the story is this.  If someone tells you that they are concerned about something you are doing, EVEN IF YOU KNOW THEY HAVE NOTHING TO BE WORRIED ABOUT, stop what you are doing, respect their feelings, and listen to their concerns.  Then AFTER you have done that, explain what you know.

From your motivational speaker, Linda Larsen, who now lets NO ONE touch her laptop


Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Linda, your post really speaks to validating others.  When someone says ‘don’t worry about it’ it does nothing to validate the other person.  This is a good reminder to stop and validate your customers (or spouse or partner) concerns, fears, or anxieties.  That way, I believe, we are more patient when things do go wrong!!

  2. I always joke that people don’t hear the word “don’t” so the message flips to “Worry About It!” You are spot on Linda — If we all could listen and respect one another, what a world this would be. Great reminder.

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