Change Your World
“If you follow the crowd, you will go no further than the crowd.
But if you walk alone, and find your own way, you will likely find yourself in places no one has ever been before.”
I thought that I would offer a story in this month’s newsletter. Thanks to whoever posted this somewhere on line, and apologies I don’t remember who you were. The story goes like this ….
“I was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing I noticed was the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, tie, and freshly pressed slacks, the driver jumped out and opened the door for me.
Handing me a laminated card, he said, ‘I’m Wasu, your driver. While I’m loading your bags, I’d like you to read my mission statement.’ Taken aback, I read the card. ‘Wasu’s Mission Statement: To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest, and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment.’
This blew me away. Especially when I noticed the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean! As he slid behind the wheel, Wasu said, ‘Would you like a cup of coffee? I have a thermos of regular and one of decaf.’
I said jokingly, ‘No, I’d prefer a soft drink.’ Wasu smiled and said, ‘No problem. I have a cooler up front with regular and Diet Coke, lassi, water, and orange juice.’ Almost stuttering, I said, ‘I’ll take a lassi since I’ve never had one before.’
Handing me my drink, Wasu said, ‘If you’d like something to read, I have Good Housekeeping magazine, Reader’s Digest, The Bible, and a Travel + Leisure magazine.’ As we were pulling away, Wasu handed me another laminated card, ‘These are the stations I get and the music they play, if you’d like to listen to the radio.’
And as if that weren’t enough, Wasu told me he had the heater on and asked if the temperature was comfortable. Then he advised me of the best route to my destination for that time of day. He also let me know he’d be happy to chat and tell me about some of the sights or, if I preferred, to leave me with my own thoughts.
‘Tell me, Wasu, have you always served customers like this?’ Wasu smiled into the rear view mirror. ‘No, not always. It’s only been in the last 2 years. My first 5 years driving, I spent most of my time complaining like all the rest of the cabbies do. Then I heard about power of choice.’
‘Power of choice is that you can be a duck or an eagle. If you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you’ll rarely disappoint yourself. Stop complaining! Don’t be a duck. Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the crowd.’
‘That hit me right,’ said Wasu. ‘It’s about me. I was always quacking and complaining, so I decided to change my attitude and become an eagle. I looked around. The other cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly, and the customers were unhappy. So I decided to make some changes. I put in a few at a time. When my customers responded well, I did more.’
‘I take it that has paid off for you,’ I said. ‘It sure has,’ Wasu replied. ‘My first year as an eagle, I doubled my income. This year, I’ll probably quadruple it. My customers call me for appointments on my cell phone or leave a message.’
Wasu made a different choice.
I hope more and more people decide to soar like an eagle and not quack like a duck. (p.s. I am very fond of ducks and their quacking outside of this story 🙂
I thought about what I would call the story The Power of Choice – like Wasu, our choices define us and our lives aheadBeing of Service – for often when we focus on the quality service that we offer, then clients /customers etc. fall into place without much effort (as with Wasu)
Rise Above the Crowd – as Wasu did with the other drivers – he took path that was the “right” one but perhaps less easy to do in some situations.
As you can see though, I decided to call it “Change Your World”, for when we own our choices, when me make them for positive and reasons that we believe to be right (irrespective of what the crowd might say) then we are of greater service to ourselves and the world around us. Then you change your world …and the world around you changes as a consequence…
The world is slowly changing … are you?