In college a professor informed me “You’ll never amount to much.” Ouch. Let’s say he wasn’t fond of my approach to life. The experience left me reeling.
Enter Professor P. Without extra pay or recognition, she agreed to tutor me, to inherit the professor role for a class that wasn’t hers. Today, I can’t remember the course subject, but I do remember the lesson: I CAN amount to something. What would have happened if Professor P hadn’t stepped in?
Do you know people who want to make a difference, but have a belief that they can only do so at church, as a volunteer or with their family? They go through their life waiting to make a difference.
Here’s the elephant in the office: Most people are forfeiting countless hours at work with the idea that those moments are destined to be empty of value. This approach is flawed. We spend most of our time at work; therefore, the equation is simple: we can make a tremendous difference at work.
STOMP THE ELEPHANT
Professor P. didn’t know it was a seminal moment in my life. She simply saw someone in need and responded. If she HAD been looking for seminal moments she would have missed me. And I would have missed me, too.
How about you? Do you treat your hours at work as the greatest platform you have to serve others? Do you interact with others at a level where you make a difference in their life? When I’m not doing this I ask myself, “What am I waiting for?” And my silly answer is: the right opportunity.
And then I laugh – because an opportunity presents itself each time I have contact with someone else.
Thanks for the lesson, Professor P.
Where will you lead (where will you stomp elephants) today?