Iron Mountain Janitorial | March 1, 2021 | Blog Post (Sometime I forget I’m no longer a teacher)
A story about taking a leap of faith and believing in yourself
Patrick, the Great Dane puppy, was a bundle of energy. It puzzled him to no end that he couldn’t jump across the stream. Then, one day, he made an amazing discovery…
Jumping across the stream at lunchtime was a favorite pastime of Patrick's older brothers. They weren’t fully grown yet, but they were still able to stretch their legs and make it across.
On many occasions, Patrick attempted to jump across, but landed in the stream with a splash. Whenever he came out with his head down, his mom would say, "Don’t worry Patrick. I know you want to jump like your brothers, but maybe it's a little too soon."
Patrick felt sad but kept his mother's advice in mind. He landed in the stream each time he jumped, but didn’t lose faith that his time would eventually come.
One day, Patrick sat by the bank as his brothers happily jumped across the stream. As he watched, he started to wonder why he was unable to do what his brothers did. He looked at himself and realized that his legs were a wee bit shorter than his brothers' legs. "That's the reason," he exclaimed. "I just haven’t grown to their size yet!"
Patrick skipped around with excitement after discovering that his height was the only thing holding him back. He knew his legs would eventually grow much longer.
Two weeks later, Patrick woke up at sunrise. "There's something different about me today," he exclaimed. "I think today is my day to do something amazing!" He ran down to the stream. Without a second thought, he jumped and landed squarely on the other side.
"I did it! I did it, mom," he screamed. His mother had come outside just in time to see him accomplish the feat. He was filled with pride, not just because he did it, but also because he persevered.
Moral: Believe in yourself and keep moving forward toward your goals, despite your current situation.
The Persevering Puppy Self-Reflection
The sky was the limit for Patrick. Although not being able to jump to the other side of the stream made him sad at times, he was committed to persevering. Thanks to his mother's advice, he continued to believe that his time would eventually come.
Think back to a time in your life when it seemed like everyone around you was doing well. When you compared their circumstances to your own, you felt cheated because your life wasn’t at the same stage as theirs. But look at you now!
There’s no greater joy than experiencing success after perseverance. Knowing that you didn’t give up makes the victory so much sweeter.
There isn’t a guarantee in life that you'll achieve what you want at the time you want it. But luckily, hard work produces satisfying results. Be patient. Use your drive and motivation to keep working towards your goals.
In the meantime, enjoy what life has to offer you today. Be at peace with your circumstances and give thanks for what you’ve achieved. One of the shortest routes to where you want to go is to be happy with where you are today. Gratitude brings benefits of its own!
Joe A. Isenberg II
Recently I read an interesting online article from thejanitorialstore.com. The article is titled, "Are Your Cleaning Customers Motivated by Quality or Price?" Its author, Steve Hanson, is a LinkedIn member and coach.
When I read anything my purpose is either to learn or be entertained. Being my business is less than five years old and most of my life has been spent teaching adolescents in a classroom, I find the occasional need to brush up on things and to learn as much as possible because the business side of things, in any industry, is quite a bit different from the subordinate's role. Experience working in a business is one thing but actually owning one is quite different. Hanson's article could not have appeared at a better time because as I read it I was able to confirm, from experience, the things he pointed out.
There are clients who are more concerned about cost than quality and they will haggle over pricing. They usually are not concerned about how beautiful their office is and are often easier to please if a scheduling problem arises.
The majority of my clients are quality-minded and pay a great deal more than the budget-minded. Their standards are more closely matchhed to mine and their offices are often used in my videos.