wake up to your impact
posted: June 1, 2009
Above: Vanessa wears the Remix Hoodie Lux in her tent in Tofino. Who will she affect today?
lululemon’s vision is elevating the world from mediocrity to greatness. That’s a pretty bold statement, isn’t it?
Individuals sometimes feel we can’t make a difference in the world and we wonder what the point is. But this weekend I realized something: how truly powerful and influential I am. It isn’t arrogance, just reality. And I will ask you to read on to find out why.
I made some important calls and got in touch with family back home in Australia. Usually, I “skim listening”, where I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to what they say, because I think I already know what they are going to say. I think we are all guilty of this, at some time or another. However,this time was different. I stayed in the moment and actually listened to them and I could hear in their voice the impact I had on them.
But you know I’m not just talking about family. You impact everyone around you.
As I waited at the Vancouver airport last night at 11pm, I listened to this guy sitting further along the bench. He did not sound happy, so after he got off the phone I asked what was wrong. Seems there was a problem with his flight ticket, about an additional tax that did not occur when he originally bought the ticket. Heading back home to England, he had cashed in all his travelers cheques and had no money to pay the $53 they told him he owed.
Not being able to get into the city or back in time to go to a currency exchange, he was hugely stressed. He would have to stay in Canada and then fork out who knows how much for a new ticket. I shrugged my shoulders and said, “I will pay for you”. This young English guy couldn’t believe it! “But you don’t know me!?” he protested, to which I replied: “So what?”
By that one simple gesture, he got home to his family. And I got an invite to not only stay at his bed and breakfast in England, but his mum also offered me a job! I couldn’t stop laughing at the hilarity of it all and how wonderful life can be, full of surprises. I had impacted his life so greatly. Not just him, but his family’s, my own life and all the people that I tell this story to.
Take a look at those around you, open your eyes and realize you impact them. Make a difference. Act. Do it now!