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!