This year, on April 1st, several Grand Island High School students participated in Shadow Day, a unique opportunity for them to visit local businesses in the area and “shadow” them for a day, in hopes of finding the perfect career choice in the future.
Once again, I was honored to be invited to speak there before the students left for the day. I provided them with the following 10 points, what I call, “My PAR for success,” which includes 4 P’s, 3 A’s and 3 R’s.
P – Passion
P – Patience
P – Persistence
P – Politeness
Together with being
A – Awesome
A – Authentic
A – Appreciative
As well as being
R – Responsive
R – Responsible
R – Respectful
I gave some real life examples about how important the aforementioned tenets were in today’s business environment and I ended my talk with the following anecdote, which exemplifies the importance of being kind and exuding excellence:
This story is about a person working in a freezer plant. It was almost the day end. Everyone had packed up to check out.
A technical snag developed in the plant and he went to check.
By the time he finished it was late. The doors were sealed and the lights were off.
Trapped inside the ice plant for the night without air and light, an icy grave was almost sure for him.
Hours passed by. Suddenly, he found someone opening the door.
Was it a miracle?
The security guard entered there with a torch and helped him to come out.
On the way back the person asked the security guard, “How did you know that I was inside? Who informed you?” The guard said, “No one sir; this unit has about 50 people. But you are the only one who says “Hello” to me in the morning and “Bye” in the evening. You had reported in morning but did not go out. That made me suspicious.”
He never knew a small gesture of greeting someone would prove to be a lifesaver for him. Remember to greet when you meet someone, of course, with a warm smile. You never know – it may work a miracle in your life too.
Education is not a degree or certificate that can be shown to others as proof. It is our attitude, actions, language and behavior with others in real life..!!
Thank you again for allowing me to be of service to you and others.
Remember, #KindnessIsContagious & #ExudeExcellence
With effervescence and mirth,