You’ll Never Who You Will Meet

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.

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Patric Chan