What Are You Doing About It?
Our Weekly 2 Minute Read
Edition 40 - April 7, 2019
I once interviewed a man from Nigeria. His name was Ronny. He had a very thick accent and my first impression was that he must be new to the United States.
At the time, I was a door-to-door salesman, slinging solar panels to homeowners in 90 degree weather wearing a full suit at 3 pm in the afternoon. Ronny's interview consisted of him walking around with me for 3 hours, also wearing a full suit in 90 degree weather.
My goal was to test his toughness. If he couldn't handle it for 3 hours, there's no way he could handle the position available for him. Little did I know...
Turns out Ronny was 37 years old. He had 3 young kids back home in Nigeria. He had just given up his entire life for a chance to move to the United States two weeks prior. He was sleeping in the back of his church while sending money back to his family for them to eat. His old job? Walking around in 100+ degree weather in sandals selling Bibles to his fellow townspeople.
Ronny and I only worked together for 1 week. Although things didn't work out long term, watching him speak with customers was an eye-opening experience. The amount of gratitude to be in the United States was evident in his conversations. He wanted to learn so much about people - their stories, their life experiences, their jobs. In fact, sometimes he would talk so much, I would have to pull him away so we don't waste too much time.
When closing each day, we always talked about what he learned. The hunger in his eyes was so clear. He saw the houses families lived in, the jobs people had, and more importantly, the opportunity and freedom available.
I was glad to be apart of Ronny's first initial experience in the US. For most of you, you have been here your whole life. I'm in the same boat. The opportunity has been there for us to grab our whole lives.
The question is: what are you doing about it?
-The boomski. Bros