Something I Remember From Last Week That Made A Difference
October 25, 2012 § 4 Comments
I was having a really great coffee in a little cafe in town and on my way out heard someone call my name and say hello. I have to admit I had no idea who it was but said ‘hi’ and obviously looked sufficiently dopey and vague for them to remind me of who they were. Well even that didn’t click immediately but we started a short conversation – with me madly trying to remember who this person was. Thankfully it finally dawned on me, but not until they reminded me that I gave them their first permanent job some 21 years ago. And so now I remembered. He went on to remind me that he was just out of school at the time and was engaged in the organisation I was in as a very young trainee. On reflection I remembered him as a really nice, friendly, motivated guy and yes did recall helping him out with a job for all those reasons. Anyway in the course of the brief conversation he went on to tell me that he is now doing consulting work in the IT industry, earning an excellent executive salary. He concluded the conversation thanking me for helping him on his way – in fact said that that was the important break in terms of getting him on track for a decent career in the IT industry. I felt very proud and very humbled.
Why is this story so important? Well for me its important because it reminded me that despite the ups and downs of this year (of which there have been plenty), that I have made a difference that counts to someone. For me it was a reminder to look at the good things that happen rather than the things that are bad or don’t work out. It made me realise that the impacts we have we may not realise until years later or may never even know at all – but notwithstanding that, the impact has been made and someone has been touched. It was a sobering conversation at a time when I am thinking abut my future. I think we all have these moments. This is the one I am sharing with you.