It’s fascinating that we never take much notice of who we meet every day and we never give it a thought that meeting someone could impacted our lives.

Here’s a story I want to share with you:

While I was taking a cab together with Robert G. Allen (New York Times best-selling author of Multiple Streams of Incomes, One Minute Millionaire, Nothing Down and others), we happen to have a very friendly and polite cab driver.

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And he started conversation with us. You know, the usual conversation.

Throughout the conversation, he started to share with us of how much he makes a month on average, after deducting the rental of his cab and other expenses. No, he didn’t tell because he needs any attention but it’s because Robert asked him. I mean, he has great personality skills so it was interesting why he’s only driving a cab for his capability and knowledge.

We found out that he makes very little wage and from that amount, I think it’s barely enough to cover the expenses of his family each month, which includes his wife and their 5 wonderful children. And  to earn that amount of money he’s making, he needs to work about 15 hours a day.

After listening to his story, Robert Allen passed his name card to him and asked him to email back Robert with his mailing address because Robert wants to send him a copy of his best-selling book for free.

Now, even almost all of our seminar attendees who paid $1,000 don’t even get Robert’s name card.

It was probably the cab driver’s lucky day that this particular fortunate incident happened where Robert Allen extended a form of help to assist him to change his life for the better. It was just a short cab ride but this short encounter has the potential to drastically alter the course of his life – if he realizes it and take action. He has met with a best-selling author who had helped thousands of people to become millionaires today who has humbly offer his attention to help.

The cab driver has ferried hundreds (or thousands) of other fares in his career as a cab driver. Did he realize that each encounter in itself has the potential to enrich his life not just in the form of the fare that they pay him, but in other ways as well?

The lesson?

We meet with new people every day or every week too. But how often do we pause and asked ourselves how important is the person whom w’’re meeting?

Think back to all the people whom you meet, whether it’s through friends, relatives, parties, networking at seminars, the gym, the water cooler, the clubs, there are so many places that we frequent in our daily lives to meet people. Did any of them somehow change your life?

More importantly, did you seize the opportunity to allow these people to change your life?

The changes don’t have to be big. It could be a fellow parent coming to pick up their child who goes to the same school as yours and shares with you how to become a better, loving parent.

It could be a ‘stranger’ who happens to know what stocks to buy and give you his advice.

It can also be someone who turns out to be a real estate agent who can help you find your dream house.

The thing is, we always take things for granted but in actual fact, whoever who we meet every day could be a lesson in life and the door to more opportunities.

At the same time, this can also be a positive double edged sword.

Just as someone you meet randomly can have the potential to change your life (if you’re open and humble to listen), so do you have the potential to change the lives of people you meet.

When you share your story or whatever resources you have with other people, you are making an impact on their lives. If you’re not an author or a millionaire, you don’t have to be Robert Allen to change lives. Ordinary people do it every day through small efforts that collectively add up significantly.

Think of the people who volunteer in the Peace Corps or emergency relief teams who go to disaster struck countries and help the victims.

Of course, you don’t have to do that if you don’t want to. Think of other ways you can make an impact on someone else’s life. A $10.00 donation you make to a soup kitchen can help buy a warm meal for a stranger so that he will not go hungry for one night. Your secret to growing beautiful flowers can help create a cozier home for your next door neighbor.

Trust me – when you give the right person, you will feel more rewarded than ever.

As you go through life from today onwards, I challenge you to take a look at the people you meet. Each of them can be your guardian angel in disguise. At the same time, you too can be someone’s guardian angel in disguise.

If you like what you’ve read or gotten any value from reading it, please leave your comment/feedback below. That would be appreciated.

Patric Chan

Patric Chan

Patric Chan is a best-selling author, international speaker and world-class internet marketer.

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  • ruslan

    May 21, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Hi Patric,

    This is really a great story.

  • John

    May 21, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Patric, you gave a good slap on my face and woke me up! :) To be honest with everyone, I noticed that I seldom talk with strangers (Those I meet the for first time). Great write up.. I promise to change my ‘bad habit’ and be friendlier. :)

  • will

    May 22, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Hi Patric,

    Thanks for all your inspiring stories!!!…

  • Justin

    May 22, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Hi Patric,

    Thank you for enlightening not just my mind but the whole world who used to keep in touch with you.
    I agree with what Ruslan says. A great story.

  • Philip Baadi

    May 22, 2010 at 1:44 am

    These are real words of wisdom.Just the same thing with the words of God in the Bible.Thank you very much sir.

  • michael seaward

    May 22, 2010 at 1:53 am

    hi looking for was to ru n a internet work on a commission base to rase the
    money to help our radio group

  • Abdul

    May 22, 2010 at 2:55 am

    Hi patric
    It\’s a eye opening story .

  • Abdul

    May 22, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Hi Patric,
    it’s a eye opening story.


    May 22, 2010 at 3:42 am

    I talk to strangers every day. One day in a supermarket a little old lady cold not reach a product and I got it down for her. She said “Thanks” and I said “It’s a pleasure” She spoke more and I talked with her for a few more minutes. She said “You are the first person to speak with me for 3 weeks” I felt sorrry for her and felt very humble that a person could be that lonely. So, from then on, I speak to everyone that comes into my vacinity. No one should feel lonely in a big city.

  • Bliss59

    May 22, 2010 at 4:25 am

    Yes Patric this happens to everyone, everyday. We need to pay more attention. We also need to be kinder to others in our daily encounters. A smile cost nothing, giving away some of that ‘stuff’ you hang on to, buying a homeless person a meal or a bottle of water etc, etc
    The rewards are immediate you feel better and so does the other person. Be warned don’t do it for the praise or recognition, just do it because you feel like it.
    J x

  • Kenneth Gomez

    May 22, 2010 at 4:31 am

    I’ve learned to give more over the years and have seen much improvement in my life. Although I only give money, and even then, in small sums only, but I have seen subtle changes in my life such as opportunities that came my way from unexpected sources. Life has a funny way of giving back to those who give.

  • Dee

    May 22, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Great story Patric. I am currently reading Dale Carnegie’s book – How To Win Friends and Influence People. Very relevant.
    Keep smiling :)

  • Akshay Saharan

    May 22, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Hi Petric,

    Very nice and simplified. You have made a very important point..

    Akshay Saharan

  • Irshad

    May 22, 2010 at 6:58 am

    I totally agree with you. It is a fact.

  • Choo Eng Guan

    May 22, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Yes, we should help people along the way of our lives.

  • Ernest Acheampong

    May 23, 2010 at 11:10 am

    what a life touching story patric thank you very much. today i\’ve met you and you\’ve impacted on my life thanks.

  • Wilhelmina

    May 24, 2010 at 4:16 am


    I believe whoever that is successfull today has done it through other people,through sharing,networking etc.One cannot exist in isolation.It is therefore importnat to make friends on daily basis,you don’t loose anything,just gaining more!

    Thank you very much!

  • Motivacion Smith

    May 24, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Very good story Patric. How come I always see you with speakers, celebrities, etc?? What do you do to meet them?
    M. Smith

  • wajeeha

    May 24, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    You are very right I always greet everyone that i meet but you showed me what is the impact that the people made i meet everyday .I am grateful to Patric for opening my eyes .

  • Faisal Dilbagh

    May 25, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Thanks once again Patric.
    Kind Regards,

    Faisal Dilbagh

  • nikki bayani

    May 26, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Wow Patric I am really amazed. Recently I have taken an interest in learning about how to grow your wealth and investing in financial education and Robert Allen’s books have been a great help to me since they are very instructional. You are so lucky that you have already met Robert Allen and I do wish that someday I would get a chance to meet him. :)

  • wianton chen

    May 28, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Hi Patric thank you for the inspiring story. it is absolutely true that who we meet everyday is really important, not only somehow they could change our entire course of life but probably we can also give impact to others life , not only for a day

  • Emmanuel John

    June 1, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Hi Patrick

    Thanks for that reminder about the people we meet each day. Fine example of the simple things in life which confronts us on a daily basis, that we either ignore or fail to make them work to our advantage, either by helpinf others or benefitting from our encounterts.

  • Meaza Tekleab

    June 10, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Hi Patrick,

    Thanks for all your mails and specialy this one.


  • kakeru

    June 15, 2010 at 5:48 am

    Hi Patric,
    Sometimes we don’t ever realizes that there’s someone that would be our angel in disguise. Yup, since we never see it..we think they just someone that we just met and can’t make any impact through our life. But then if we’re open our mind, sumthing might happened only if we can see from other different angles.

    Just open our mind and be positive always! :)