Jane Doe and Patience who had been good friends and classmates for four years joined a company together a few months following their university graduation.
After a few years of work, their Manager promoted Patience to a position of Senior Sales Manager, but Jane Doe remained in her entry level Junior Sales Officer position.
Jane Doe developed such a strong sense of jealousy, resentment and disgruntlement for her former friend and her work in general. However, she continued working nonetheless.
One day, Jane Doe felt enough was enough and decided to quit the company. She wrote her resignation letter, but before submitting it to the Manager, she gave him a piece of her mind, albeit respectfully, complaining that management did not value hard working staff like herself, but only promoted the favoured!
The Manager knew that Jane Doe had worked very hard for the years she had spent at the company; even harder than Patience by most people’s standards and therefore deserved the promotion. However, in order to help Jane Doe understand that hard work alone isn’t always enough, the Manager gave her one last task.
“May you please go and find out if anyone sells water melons within town?”
Jane Doe rushed into town to inquire about that, all the while upset for being asked to do a task that didn’t befit a university graduate. She returned to say, “Yes, sir, there is.”
The Manager asked her, “How much do they sell it for per kg?” Jane Doe drove back into town, again, cursing her Manager silently for undervaluing her. She later returned to inform the Manager; “They are N$13.50 per kg.”
The Manager told Jane Doe, “I will give Patience the same task that I gave you. Please pay close attention to her feedback!”
In the presence of Jane Doe the Manager asked Patience to “go and find out if anyone sells water melons within town.”
Patience did as she was told but upon her return, this was her feedback:
“Sir, there is only one water melon vendor within the whole of Windhoek. Each whole water melon costs N$49.00 but N$32.50 when halved. He sells them at N$13.50 per kg when sliced. He has in his stock 93 melons at present, each one weighing about 7kg. He has a farm and can supply us with melons for the next four months at a rate of 102 melons per day at N$27.00 per melon, including delivery.
“The melons appear fresh and red with good quality, and they taste better than the ones we sold last year.
He has his own slicing machine and is willing to slice them for us free of charge.
“Should we strike a deal with him before 10am tomorrow, we will be sure to beat last year’s profits in melons by N$223,000.00. This will contribute positively to our overall performance, as it will add a minimum of 3.78% to our current overall sales target.
I have put all this information down in writing on a spreadsheet should you need it even in a few minutes.”
Jane Doe was so impressed she couldn’t hide it. It dawned on her how different her work ethics and Patience’s was. Instead of resigning, she decided to stay and learn from her former classmate and now colleague.
Moral of the story
As we begin a new week in this new year, let this story help us keep in mind the importance of going that extra mile in all our endeavors.
You won’t be rewarded for doing what you’re meant to do, you already get a salary for that! You will, however, definitely be rewarded for going that extra mile; performing beyond expectations.
To be successful in life, you must be observant, proactive and willing to do more, be positive, learn to live with backstabers even when you know they’re betraying you (do you really think Patience didn’t know Jane Doe was up to something?), think more without over thinking, have a more holistic perspective to your work and life and go beyond your call of duty.
On that note; consider yourself motivated for the week! #YouArePossible #IAmPossible #LetsBePossibleTogether.