Every Thursday night like clockwork, I receive an email from my father that is similar to the one below. It is always a story with an important life lesson at the end. It has become such a routine that when I don’t receive it I become worried and ask him about it. In a way it is a means of a silent communication between us.
And I have to say, as someone who loves stories, I find these ones to be very interesting and wise. They are not stories by my Dad, but I can imagine him saying things like that so to me they feel like his words.
Daddy sends them to a few friends and family but I thought more people need to learn from these words of wisdom. So like clockwork, every Monday morning I shall share that weeks wisdom with you guys. Here’s the first of many to come.
Today’s story is on Self-Appraisal. A little boy went into a drug store, reached for a soda carton and pulled it over to the telephone. He climbed onto the carton so that he could reach the buttons on the phone and proceeded to punch in seven digits (phone numbers).
The Store owner observed and listened to the conversation:
Boy: “Lady, Can you give me the job of cutting your lawn?”
Woman (at the other end of the phone line): “I already have someone to cut my lawn.”
Boy: “Lady, I will cut your lawn for half the price of the person who cuts your lawn now.”
Woman: “I’m very satisfied with the person who is presently cutting my lawn.”
Boy (with more perseverance): “Lady, I’ll even sweep your curb and your sidewalk, so on Sunday you will have the prettiest lawn in all of Palm beach, Florida.”
Woman: “No, thank you.”
With a smile on his face, the little boy replaced the phone receiver. The Store owner, who was listening to all this, walked over to the boy.
Store owner: “Son… I like your attitude; I like that positive spirit and would like to offer you a job.”
Boy: “No thanks.”
Store owner: “But you were really pleading for one.”
Boy: “No Sir, I was just checking my performance at the job I already have. I am the one who is working for that lady, I was talking to!”
This is what we call “Self-Appraisal“, which is highly recommended, because it encourages you to be proud of your accomplishments and candid about your weaknesses.
Have you checked the performance of your job, whatever it is? Do you strive to make it perfect? This is what we call “Self-Appraisal”. Even the word ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ says ‘I M POSSIBLE’.