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Average and outstanding
Vesna | September 16, 2012
It has been a very special week. I asked myself several times if this is the planet where I want to live. The economic crisis (and no money) has recently become and excuse for everything that people are scared to do or don’t want to do. But on other hand I met two outstanding children who are so different that I still believe that the future is where I belong.
It is hard to see colleagues and friends struggling with really stupid situations. I cannot say weird, because weird means that you cannot explain it. Stupid means that you can explain it but you cannot understand it with common sense. Why you rather hire people without experience and will to work in high heels (nothing personal to high heels :)) than people who have already show their experiences and they can explain what they can do for you? Why you rather support the employees who is always saying YES to you than the other who tells you when you are wrong? Why you hire a company that has already show how important client are you than a new one?
It is just because you don’t dare to confront with the consequences that are not 100% guaranteed. You rather see an average outcome than an outstanding one. Because you have your good excuses on your list from previous situations. And I am afraid to work in a world that is rather on the safe side than trying to improve – as we like to say: for better world.
But now to the story of those two kids that give me the hope for really better tomorrow. Those two boys I met at local fairy yesterday. His twin brother (both about 10 years old) was selling his books and toys. They don’t need money, but they found it interesting that people were coming with different products and they want to try. They made more attractions for potential buyers than any other exhibitor. After a few hours they realized that people are not willing to buy their stuff (they told me that they earned 17 euros – 15 euros was from their mother who bought her children toys back :)) and they went home. In an hour of my presence I learned a lot from them.
Their attitude was so inspiring: I am listening to so many motivational speakers and their promotions, and nobody inspired me more than those two boys. They could play at home garden, but they didn’t. They could be stubborn children visiting the fair with their parents and pulling their parents hands to buy them new toys. But they didn’t. At the end they were happy with a new experiences and new friends (me and my dog :)). They learned about people who were passing by. They learned how hard is to earn money and to sell products. They learn about communication. And they were both having the best time of their life. And I learned from them, too.
When I was living the fair, I heard a lady saying: “Oh, those two boys were gypsies.” Yes, my dear, it is a great excuse for you not moving your ass.
Sometimes we confront situations that every average person would be quiet and just let it go. There are people who are not quiet and they stand stile for what they believe. Believing means you don’t care about the consequences because you believe. You are not scared about the future, because you believe. If you d0n’t believe and if you are just looking for a new comfort zone, it is better to count on past.
The future is not about already known comfort, it is about new. Great new experiences.
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