Today’s story is written by one of my mentors – Uday Arur. He has been a Leadership coach for 13 years. He is an ardent story gatherer. Learning from stories helps him to fulfil his quest for becoming a better person, and a better professional coach every day.
To know more about him – linkedin.com/in/udayarur
His blog contains small but powerful articles. Make sure to check out his blog – managementnotes.blogspot.com
The rickshaw driver parked his vehicle outside the shop, dismounted, and walked a little hesitantly toward the entrance to the city’s premium sari shop – he was feeling self-conscious of his rumpled clothes. But as the uniformed guard at the entrance swung the glass doors open for him and gave him a smart salute, he felt a little less hesitant. He walked to the counter and requested to be shown silk saris.
The salesman asked which ones he liked and as he pointed to several, the salesman pulled them out from the shelf and spread them on the counter for him to make his choice. The rickshaw driver chose a few of them and inquired their price. ‘All in the Rs 1 lac range sir,’ answered the salesman politely. The driver was disappointed, his budget, he told the salesman, was only a few thousand.
A sales girl who was watching, suggested he might change his mind if the saris were displayed draped. He agreed reluctantly. Soon, two pretty girls were sashaying up and down the aisle, displaying the saris in all their finery. The driver was overwhelmed with the beautiful silks being displayed, but acutely aware of the size of his purse, he was forced to say no to the polite salesgirl. As he turned to walk away, the sales girl smiled, ‘do visit us again,’ she called after him.
He did. Within the next fortnight, the rickshaw driver brought in two passengers who were looking to buy good saris.
The above experience was narrated to me by the driver when our rickshaw halted at the traffic signal outside the sari shop.
Being polite and respectful costs you nothing, but can shower you with unexpected blessings.
Point to Ponder
Do I respect myself enough?
Make sure to check out Uday Arur’s blog – managementnotes.blogspot.com