While growing up, my parents had always instilled in me the passion for excellence, to be the best in any situation I find myself & then to give back to people around me, to my society & the world at large.
I was told “you have been blessed to be a blessing to others”just like God told Abraham that ” I will bless you & make you a blessing”.
I have always carried that responsibility to ensure that I make a positive impact on people around me, I have seen first hand the effect of the universal law ” What goes around, comes around”.
Life is just like a boomerang whatever you serve out to others will be served back to you either in the same or greater measure.(I will soon share a post about the concept of “Paying it Forward“).
I have come to realize that by divine providence, I am what I am today based on the assistance & guidance I got from mentors & role models (directly or indirectly), those who have helped me to make the right decisions at different stages in my life. ( I took some time to appreciate these people in my Gratitude Challenge postings)
Because of this, I have been able to cultivate the required soft skills (behavioural) in addition to the professional training I received over the years. These values & virtues has made me appealing to people generally, I realize that I was favoured especially with recruiters at various interview panels while I was job hunting & it helped me to ALWAYS get any job I interview for.
As long as I am called-in for an interview, either face-to-face or remotely ( on the phone or Skype), I know I’ve gotten the job already.I will share some secrets to my interview success in another post, please look out for it.
I believe that this has ensured that I am people-focused as well, so as I receive help from people, I also look at those I can help around me.
In October 2005 I was on a training in Dublin, Ireland & after the day’s session, I sat in my Hotel room (Stillorgan Park Hotel) flipping through TV channels, I stumbled on Ty Pennington’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, I was fixated looking at how this man & his team of volunteers helped a single mom & her family out of a difficult situation, sent them on a vacation while making over their house. For the first time, I heard the famous expression “Move that bus“.
The reaction of the woman & her kids brought me to tears, the story so resonated with me considering that I was raised by a single mom ( An Amazon of great grace, she was a father & mother all wrapped in one sweet soul) & things were really tight for us back then ( smiles).
The experience that night crystallized my essence, I decided again that I will do all that I can to help people around me no matter the situation, to make a difference in their lives.
That decision governs my interaction with people at the social level, it has helped in my relationships people, the ultimate being the fact that I meet & married the love of my life while going about doing good. It has also helped me to lead a very rounded & disciplined life, ensuring that I am successful on every side not just for myself, but for others too.
Since that time till date, I have kept a record ( Ms-Excel workbook) of all funds that came my way ( either as salaries or bonuses or gifts) & have consciously used a percentage of it to help people (starting with my family,friends & associates).
My goal is to be able to get to the same level as Ty & even surpass him. My satisfaction goes through the roof when I can put a smile on people’s faces, I want to make a difference in the lives of people around me.
As Gandhi said “Each of us should be the change we want to see in the society”, I want to be that change……..
That is what makes me tick…that is my essence…… WHAT IS YOURS?
This is my snippet, I am SHALOMESQ