Zig ZiglarI was in Sacramento, CA, and had an hour’s delay before my flight left. I walked over to the yogurt shop and ordered my favorite concoction, a mixture of the white chocolate mousse and fresh strawberries. As the lady was preparing it I was impressed with her complete thoroughness. When she presented me with the yogurt, it was completely and thoroughly blended and absolutely delicious.

After I finished my yogurt I engaged the lady in conversation. She was of Oriental descent, from Taiwan, and had been in America for 17 years. I asked her how long it had taken her to get a job when she came to America. She said, “One day,” with a big smile.

Then I commented that she was certainly pleasant, enthusiastic, and very capable at what she was doing. She handed me her business card, on which was printed “David and Kelly Tu.” This business card, as she proudly explained, gave the location for their restaurant, Tu’s Hunan Restaurant.

After a short, pleasant conversation I started contemplating the fact that… when Kelly Tu arrived in America our economy was not robust. Yet she had gone to work the first day. Now, she and her husband have a restaurant.

I have no idea how they are doing, but if her husband has anything approaching her spirit and attitude, they’re doing quite well. Kelly Tu is a happy individual, enjoying what she is doing and grateful for the opportunity she has in America.

As I think on these things, I wonder what would happen if everyone adopted this young woman’s attitude, went to work, smiled about what they were doing and gave it their best shot. I’ve an idea they would do well.

… Adapted from Zig’s book Staying Up, Up, Up In A Down, Down World.
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