How Many Drops Does It Take To Fill A Bucket?

How Many Drops Does It Take To Fill A Bucket?

During my Professional Development phase of training I was asked to read the book How Full Is Your Bucket.  This book is about “positive strategies for work and life” and describes how even the briefest interactions affect your relationships, productivity, health, and longevity.

I always thought that being part of a highly motivated, positive, and cutting-edge company was for big corporations in major cities. I was mistaken. What I have discovered through reading this book and interacting with Gould Design, Inc.  is: These attributes are attainable by even a small organization, through the leadership structure and people in it.

The book uses the analogy of a dipper and bucket.  The idea is we can each use our dippers to take away from each other or add to each other’s buckets.  Their studies show that the #1 reason people leave their jobs… They don’t feel appreciated.


On the flip side of that coin, people who receive regular recognition and praise:

  • Increase their individual productivity
  • Increase engagement among their colleagues
  • Are more likely to stay with their organization
  • Receive higher loyalty and satisfaction scores from customers
  • Have better safety records and fewer accidents on the job

We each have thousands of moments in a day that are chances to be a positive influence in someone’s life.  Slow down take a second to look at the big picture and see how your words have power.  Build up your children, your spouse, your coworkers.  The sum of all the moments in your life will add up to what kind of person you are. This is simple, yet powerful stuff!

Another point made in the book is how your positive interactions will be infectious.  When you are good to someone, they will be good to someone else.  And the wheel on positivity rolls on and on.

Do you want to change the world?

Do you feel uneasy about the direction things seem to be headed?

Do you feel like there is nothing you can do?

This is your part.  This is what you can do.  It may seem like a clique but you make a difference one moment at a time. You can change your organization, your family, and your relationships.

Ask yourself a few simple questions to determine where you currently are:

  1. Do I emotionally drain the people I interact with on a regular basis?
  2. Do I stand up for what is right?
  3. Am I a good friend?
  4. Do I give unexpectedly?
  5. Do I treat others the way they would want to be treated?

I was greatly encouraged by reading How Full Is Your Bucket and I suggest you read it too.  There are a lot of practical applications for daily life in your organizations and relationships that would be a benefit to you.  It only takes about an hour or so to read and you will be a better person for it.

Design Trainee

Gould Design, Inc.