NEVER GIVE UP and SERVE with a PASSION
If someone were to ask you to name a famous bridge, what name would come to mind?
Golden-gate, George Washington, Tallahassee or maybe the Brooklyn Bridge.
It is amazing how just by mentioning the names of some of these famous bridges, brings pictures to our minds of these huge structures. Some of us have never seen or will ever see these bridges up close. Yet we have a very real and clear picture of what they look like and can imagine crossing over from one side to the other.
Each of these famous bridges has its own unique history. I would like to focus on the history around the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Brooklyn Bridge links Brooklyn to Manhattan Island. It was first conceived in 1883 by John Roebling. Mr. Roebling was told by the best minds of the day, that this idea would never work. But Roebling convinced his son Washington that his idea had merit. The two of them developed the concept, resolved the problems others had forecasted, and enthusiastically hired a crew and began constructing the bridge.
Only a few short months into the project, an on-site accident took Johns life and severely injured Washington, who became unable to talk or walk. Surely the project would stop. Washington, while unable to perform the physical task of leading his crew through the project was still able to think. His desire to complete the bridge burned passionately within him. As he lay in his hospital bed, he had an idea. He would communicate to his crew by tapping out code on his wife’s arm. Washington tapped out instructions for the next 13 years until the bridge was built!
I am sure the project would have been completed someday, but because of Washington’s never give up attitude and passion to complete this project, he was able to see something truly Outrageous. (as defined: very bold, unusual, and startling)
So how do we adopt this never give up attitude and passion in the service we provide to our customers? They need to believe they have more than a job. They need to believe they have a calling. A Calling to serve others with the products and services your company provides and they have to see how they make a difference in someone’s life.
As leaders, it is part of our calling to cast a vision for our team. A vision that will illuminate how we change lives, one sold product, or delivery, or service provided.
Take a few minutes before you begin your week and think of the ways that lives are changed because of the products and services your company and the team provides. Then go to your team and ask them to do the same thing. Let’s see what your collective thinking can produce. THEN SHARE it with the ENTIRE TEAM.
Make a difference today – Never Give Up and be Passionate.