It’s about intergrity, period

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‘Companies and business people want to deal with reliable persons. Whatever field you’re in, always try to keep your side of the deal’

‘I knew then as I know now, that to make your dreams come true, you do everything that you have to do, legally, and you stay true to your values and beliefs’

ONE wintry evening back in the day when I was still hustling as a part-time delivery van driver, I set out for Shreveport, Louisiana, in the US with my goods neatly tucked at the back of the car.

Despite the biting wind, I was feeling giddy, well that’s me, anyways, I don’t have time for the blues. I wanted to hit Louisiana in about three-an- half hours, give or take, deliver my package and be back in Dallas in time to get a few hours’ rest and get to school in the morning.

Or so I thought, back then I was filled to the brim with the youthful exuberance and might I add that I have always been sort of a free spirit.

It’s not like I needed this job for I was still living with my parents and they were taking care of the bills.

However, I have always been the type that wanted to carry my own weight, so young as I was, I was already trying to save a few bucks to prepare for the time I would need to move out of my parents’ crib.

You see the delivery gig is all about running on schedule and making sure that your clients get their goods on time. I didn’t know at the time but I was learning a valuable life lesson.

Companies and business people want to deal with reliable persons. Whatever field you’re in, always try to keep your side of the deal.

Everybody is usually dealing with strict deadlines and if you do not meet your side of the bargain, you end up starting a chain reaction of ugly events that result in losses for many people.

The worst that can happen is that you get fired. Beyond that, you know that they can sue your butt.

The trip to Louisiana was uneventful except for the occasional bad road users that you encounter on the highways.

Having delivered my goods on time, I headed back for Dallas, a chip on my shoulder the size of Mount Everest, proud for a job well done.

Little did I know that I was about to learn, one of my greatest lessons in life, which is that one must always be thorough.

Two hours into the journey I started having this feeling that I had not delivered all the boxes, and sure enough when I checked, two boxes were still in my van.

Without even debating it in my head, I made an immediate U-turn and headed back to Shreveport.

Even to this day, I am the kind of person who does not want to see others suffer because of my mistakes.

On my way back again, from Louisiana, I felt a little sleepy and decided to park at a truck stop to rest a little bit before proceeding with my journey.

I am not sure how long I had slept when I was awaken by a soft knock on my window which knock was to provide the first crack into the window of my innocence.

On the other side was a skimpy dressed lady of the night. I was scared. Without thinking twice about it, I turned on my ignition, engaged the gears and drove nonstop back to Dallas.

I arrived in time to prepare for school. I knew then as I know now, that to make your dreams come true, you do everything that you have to do, legally, and you stay true to your values and beliefs.

As I drove to school in my father’s old Camry, I kept saying to myself, I hope those people loved those pictures that I had delivered that night.

If you haven’t picked up the lessons and motivation in this story, then you probably shouldn’t be reading this LOL

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