I could post about how livid I am that my car went to shit and how I had to get a tow truck to get my car home. But instead, I am going to tell you about something extraordinary that happened during my car situation.
Since my car stopped working while I was driving it, I pulled over to McDonald’s to call AAA and get a tow truck. I had some time to kill and feelings to stuff, so I went into McDonald’s and got some food. I sat inside to eat it so I could keep an eye out for my tow truck.
While I was sitting there seething over the situation, this young black man, probably still in high school, came over and asked if he could sit with me. While still annoyed and apprehensive (it’s hard to trust people when your identity was just stolen), I said sure. He asked me what I did for a living. I told him I was a trainer. He then asked me what I trained, so I told him in a very gump way what I train. He asked me if I like it, and I told him I love it.
He then asked me if I went to school for that. I said no. For me, I learned through experience. He then asked me for advice on getting a job without any experience. I immediately went into trainer/leader mode. I told him how I started working in Servicing 7 years ago in an entry level position where I didn’t know anything. I told him find those type of positions in something he is interested in. From there he can grow and gain experience. My tow truck then showed up so I went outside to get that situated.
While outside, I couldn’t help but think of how awesome that young man was. Then I thought of some more advice to give him so I went back inside to talk to him. I told him in anything that he does, ask questions. Learn. Seek new knowledge. Make yourself the obvious choice. Leaders look for the team members who ask questions and are growing. That is what will lead him to success. He was so excited and couldn’t stop thanking me.
The media does a shitty job of representing our black brothers and sisters, so I wanted to share this great story with everyone. He really touched me and he was the one looking for knowledge.