Later tonight I will finish my latest book to read, It Worked For Me, by Colin Powell, four star general and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Secretary of State and a hero of mine.
Anyway, this book…it has a chapter entitled Kindness Works. Here is a just a short segment from the book that for me is a great life lesson.
Allow me to set it up.
As Secretary of State, Secretary Powell wandered down to the parking garage where daily the garage was packed with cars three deep and if you were the third car back you simply had to wait at the end of the day until the other cars with their owners left. Secretary Powell out of curiosity asked the attendants how they determined which cars went where each day.
Because they had never seen a Secretary of State much less met and talked with one they hesitated and then they responded with this explanation on how it worked.
“Mr. Secretary,” one of them said, “it kinda goes like this. When you drive in, if you lower the window, look out, smile, and you know our name, or you say ‘Good morning, how are you?’ or something like that, you’re number one to get out. But if you just look straight ahead and don’t show you even see us or that we are doing something for you, well, you are likely to be one of the last to get out.”
Secretary Powell thanked them, smiled and made his way back to his office.
There is a lesson there as you interact with people.
Kindness invested will always bring about a return dividend.
Hey, that’s nine words, I need to use that even if I did just write it.