An old proverb goes that if you know what the other person wants, you have power over them. Paying attention to your conversations often holds the key, especially in a casual setting. Invariably when someone calls you after a gap it is the third thing they mention that is the crux of the conversation. More often than not, it is also what they want from you.
Human interactions are all about give and take, all our actions are guided by this principle. All humans do things for each other in order for something in return, which can range from gratification, to respect to any other tangible or intangible outcome. In essence it is a transaction.
Since all interactions are transactions, shouldn’t we try and run our relationships like a healthy business?
In order to succeed in business, we must realize it is the survival of the fittest, and hence best approached as you would battle. Therefore we are in a constant state of warfare with each other, that being said you guide to life should be the Art of War.
[Please dont actually try to run your life like you would a war. This is only a random ramble as a result of being bored.]