Chuan and Jing joined a wholesale company together just after graduation. Both worked very hard.
After several years, the boss promoted Jing to sales executive but Chuan remained a sales rep. One day Chuan could not take it anymore, tendered his resignation to the boss and complained that the boss did not value hard working staff, but only promoted those who flattered him.
The boss knew that Chuan worked very hard for those years, but in order to help Chuan realize the difference between him and Jing, the boss asked Chuan to do an errand. Go and find out if anyone is selling watermelons in the market? Chuan returned and said yes. The boss asked how much per kg? Chuan went back to the market to ask, and returned to inform the boss that the rate is $12 per kg.
Boss told Chuan, now I will ask Jing the same question. Jing went out, returned and said, “Boss, only one person is selling water melon. $12 per Kg, $100 for 10 Kg. He has inventory of 340 melons. On the table 58 melons. Every melon weighs about 15 Kg, brought from the South two days ago. They are fresh and red, good quality.”
Chuan was very impressed and realized the difference between himself and Jing. He decided not to resign but to learn from Jing.
A more successful person
· Is more observant.
· Thinks ahead, understands the context, anticipates needs & questions. Prepares accordingly. Is not superficial.
· Sees, thinks & prepares for the long-term.
· Goes beyond the obvious. Takes initiative, does more than told!