Anyway, while sitting at the stop light, watching him settling in, I took a couple of bucks out of my pocket and said “sir, here is something for you to begin your day…” He smiled at me and moved along. I thought, this fellow, like many of us, has managed to arrive to this country looking for a better life, but he has not yet mastered the English language.
Thirty years ago, while paying my way through school, I used to be a door-to-door encyclopedia salesman. At that time, my English was “weak” (being too generous), and my experience as a sales person was none, but I did have the right attitude and determination to succeed. Every morning, 6 days a week, I will show up to work at 8 am, and knock on the first door of my route by 8:05. Most mornings I would get mainly rejections, and more brush-offs I kept getting more demotivated with each rejection. Yet, some mornings, when I was inspired :) I was able to close a deal on my first stop; this early sale was the key for a profitable day, it gave me the momentum needed to do great all day.
So today when I saw this gentleman getting ready to go to battle, I decided to give him a small push, some momentum to begin the day.
Sometimes, we all need a little push…