How To Treat Others: 5 Lessons

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1. First Important Lesson – “Know The Cleaning Lady”

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

“Absolutely,” said the professor. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say “hello.”

I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.


2. Second Important Lesson – “Pickup In The Rain”

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.

A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home.

A special note was attached. It read: “Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband’s bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.”

Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3. Third Important Lesson – “Remember Those Who Serve”

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. “How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked. “50¢,” replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.

“Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?” he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient. “35¢!” she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left.

When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see, he couldn’t have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.


4. Fourth Important Lesson – “The Obstacles In Our Path”

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand – “Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.”

5. Fifth Important Lesson – “Giving When It Counts”

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes, I’ll do it if it will save her.”

As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?”.

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

Author: Unknwon

Source: http://www.globalone.tv/profiles/blogs/how-to-treat-others-5-lessons

Warren Buffet: Happiness redefined

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Warren Buffet - Charity

SOURCE: http://pass-forward.blogspot.com/2010/06/warren-buffet-oracle-of-omaha.html

1. He bought his first share at age 11 and he now regrets that he started too late!

Things were very cheap that time;

Encourage your children to invest.

2. He bought a small farm at age 14 with saving from delivering newspapers.

One could have bought many things with the little savings.

Encourage your children to start some kind of business.

3. He still lives in the same small 3-bedroom house in mid-town Omaha, that he bought after he got married 50 years ago. He says that he has everything he needs in that house.

His house does not have a wall or fence.

Don’t buy more than what you really need

and encourage your children to do and think the same.

4. He drives his own car everywhere and does not have a driver or security people around him.

You are what you are.

5. He never travels by private jet, although he owns the world’s largest private jet company.

Always think how you can accomplish things economically.

6. His company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns 63 companies. He writes only one letter each to the CEOs of these companies, giving them goals for the year. He never holds meetings or calls them on a regular basis.

Assign the right people to the right jobs.

7. He has given his CEO’s only two rules.

Rule No. 1: Do not lose any of your share holder’s money.

Rule No. 2: Do not forget rule no. 1.

Set goals and make sure people focus on them.

8. He does not socialized with the high society crowd. His past time after he gets home is to make himself some pop corn and watch television.

Don’t try to show off.

Just be yourself and do what you enjoy doing.

9. Warren Buffet does not carry a cellphone or has a computer on his desk.

10. Bill Gates, the world’s richest man met him for the first time only 5 years ago.

Bill Gates did not thought he had anything in common with Warren Buffet, so he scheduled his meeting only for half hour. But when Gates met him, the meeting lasted for 10 hours and Bill Gates become a devotee of Warren Buffet.

HIS ADVICE TO YOUNG PEOPLE:

“Stay away from credit cards (bank loans) and invest in yourself and remember:

– Money doesn’t create man but it is the man who created money.

– Live your life as simple as you are.

– Don’t do what others’ say, just listen to them, but do what you feel is good.

– Don’t go on brand name; just wear those things which you feel comfortable.

– Don’t waste your money on unnecessary things; just spend on them who are really in need.

-After all, its your life, then why give chance to others to rule our life?

Happiness Redefined - Warren Buffet

Hope you enjoyed the post. Do you really think that we can find happiness in life by adapting to simplicity? Moreover if you keep appreciating what you have, will there be room for growth/Improvement?


Let me know  your thoughts !!