“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi
A woman in India had a son that ate way too much sugar.
No matter what she did or said, her son continued to eat sugar.
The mother was so upset that she decided to take her son on a trip to see his idol, Mahatma Gandhi, to ask for his help.
They traveled to see Gandhi.
They waited a day and half to get an audience with the leader.
When their turn came to speak, the mom walked up to Gandhi with her son at her side.
The women said, “Sir, my son eats too much sugar. It’s affecting his health, his teeth, his mood. Every time he eats sugar I can see the change in him. There is nothing I can do to stop him. I am afraid that sugar will ruin his life. Please tell him to stop eating sugar.”
Gandhi listened to the woman.
He looked at the boy, then paused.
Gandhi told the mother, “Go home and come back to me in two weeks time.”
The woman was perplexed.
She wondered why Gandhi did not tell her son to stop eating sugar.
The mom took the boy and traveled back home.
Two weeks later she returned, boy in hand.
The pair waited hours again for an audience.
When their time came, Gandhi motioned for them to come forward.
Gandhi looked directly at the boy and said, “Boy, stop eating sugar. It is not good for you.”
The boy nodded and promised he would not eat sugar any longer.
The mother was confused.
She turned to Gandhi and asked, “Dear Sir, Why didn’t you tell him that two weeks ago when I first brought him to see you?”
Gandhi smiled, “Mother, two weeks ago I was still eating sugar myself.”
CHANGE STARTS WITH YOU
Want something to CHANGE?
Change yourself first.
LEAD by example.
Live what you preach.
It’s the fastest way to build TRUST.
There is no better way to establish CREDIBILITY.
Andy Warhol said, “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
Start with you.
Earning TRUST and having CREDIBILITY with your colleagues and customers is kind of like winning the SUPER BOWL.