The ultimate wake up call!

I just have to share with you the following story that I read  recently.  For me it optimizes the importance of doing a job YOU absolutely love and are 100% passionate about.  It’s so important to be doing what makes YOUR heart sing.

The person whose story it is called Andy Cope and he is the co-author of a book (and at the time) an initiative called Be Brilliant Everyday (you can still pick it up on Amazon).

It’s a story that has a lovely meaning and when you read it you’ll see what I mean.

“A few years ago, I was working in South Africa and put up in a nice hotel in Durban.  I wasn’t jet-lagged, merely knackered.  My mobile phone battery was low and I didn’t have my charger, so I was saving its juice to call home.  I booked an early-morning wake-up call, explaining to the desk that 7:00am would be fine.

6:45am – phone rang.  I thrashed around in the dark and picked it up, not quite sure what to expect.   It was a smiley man with a black voice “Good Morning Mr Andrew Cope.  If I may be so bold as to call you Mr Andrew?”

“Morning” I grunted. “Who is this?”

“Robin, sir.  This is your early-morning call, Robin-style sir.”

“Err, thanks Robin.” But he wasn’t finished.

“You requested 7:00am Mr Andrew, but it’s only 6:45.  And that is because we have a wonderful South African breakfast waiting for you sir.  I figure you’d need a little extra time to enjoy it.”

“Thanks Robin.  That’s err, very kind,” now more than half awake.

“And Mr Andrew, you need to know that it’s a chilly morning so please wear a sweater.  I wouldn’t want you catching a chill and taking it back to dear old Eeengland.”

“No” I chuckled, “that’d never do.”  And he still wasn’t finished.

“So, before I go, Are there any taxis you need me to book or arrangements I can help you with this morning Mr Andrew?”

I was sitting up and smiling.  “No thanks Robin.  And you can call me Andy.  I’ll see you downstairs in a few minutes.”

“Excellent Mr Andy.  And I know you’re going to have a fabulous day.”  I could hear him grinning down the phone.

I had a Cheshire Cat look about me as I leapt into the shower; got dresses and skipped downstairs.  I sought out Robin at reception.  Nope Concierge?  And then I heard him, outside “… and I hope you have a fabulous day.”

Robin was the bell boy!  His job was to meet, greet and carry cases.  He also did wake-up calls.  In hotel terms he was the lowest rung of the corporate ladder.

And I’ve never met a happier man!”

I hope you have a fabulous day, too!


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