Coffee is the answer… especially in the world of today | Lisa Steingold

Coffee is the answer… especially in the world of today

Coffee (according to Happy Barista) decreases your chances of Parkinson’s, curbs depression, lowers the risk of Type 2 Diabetes and promotes exercise performance amongst other things. I’ve never met unhappy Barista have you?

As it turns out, it may also help you solve problems, increase your social circle, widen your network and improve your performance in many areas of life, not just exercise. This is purely based on personal research and observation but take my word for it; it works!

I’d go so far as to hazard a guess that the reason so many of us are struggling right now is thanks to our corner coffee shop being closed and not being able to connect in the same ways we used to. Last week I couldn’t stand it anymore and decided to meet a friend at my local coffee stop. We cycled there and sat outside on the pavement with our warm cups of coffee. I can tell you that when I got back home I felt like a different person; revitalised and rejuvenated like something old, timeless and very essential to my soul had been replenished.

A number of years ago I worked on a project that needed almost immediate delivery. To cut a long story short, two cups of coffee bought access to vital information on the project which may have taken weeks.
Coffee is an ever utilised form of life saving not merely because of the caffeinated energy we receive as a result of it but because the social connection as a result of the experience. What’s happening in your life right now? Are you looking to downscale? Is your business in trouble and you need growth? Want to progress in your career? Do you want to finally sit down and write that book you’ve been looking to? Are you battling with a specific challenge?

Coffee (and cycling – although that’s another piece all together) is the answer to a host of questions and life situations. And in the days of social connection (in which we still live, you can’t beat half an hour over a good old cup of coffee.

Yes whilst therapy is a solid answer to many questions, I have found that coffee is the answer to all of them. Just the other day I spoke to my mum whilst at her favorite coffee shop, IN SPAIN, whilst I grabbed a cup and sat inside with my blanket, from my home in Johannesburg. Whilst it’s not quite the same as being intimately connected, its the next best thing.

A couple of years ago I went for an interview with a global company in an executive capacity. In order to do the interview justice I needed some help. As it happened one of my contacts on LinkedIn knew the company so I asked if I could take him for a coffee. In return I asked how I could help him and we ended up chatting about his ex and he managed to find some clarity on the relationship. It wasn’t what I expected to happen but it all worked out perfectly. We still stay connected to this day.
Now before you go stalking on social, there’s one vital point I’d like to add before you leave; perhaps the most important point and that is that;

Coffee only works if you’re looking to contribute to the other party

Hooking up with people to see what you can gain has never worked in all my years of experience. Coffee, as an event should ALWAYS be a mutual event. Before connecting with someone, you should always think about what you can contribute.

And for those of you worrying about the fact that you only drink tea, there’s great news; tea has the exact same benefit! (So says Mindbody)

As I’ve found almost all of us are looking for an answer to a question, think about how you could solve someone else’s challenge and you’ve got a coffee match in heaven!
Let me know how it goes!