Every so often I hear a life lessons story that surprises me and I have to share this one.
A older man walks into a semi truck store. He is wearing bib overalls, muddy boots and sporting an unshaved, rough beard. There were two sales men standing chatting at the counter. The first refused to walk over and help the disheveled man, he disappeared into the back room leaving the second salesman to help him. The second salesman walked over and greeted the man. The salesman shook his hand and asked how he could help him. The disheveled man started to tell the salesman a story of a man he knew that started a trucking business with the type of trucks they sold there at the store. He told the story of how the entrepreneur worked extremely hard until he had a large fleet of trucks. The salesman remarked “Wow, that’s fantastic, how did he do it?” The disheveled man smiled “He lived well below his means. He didn’t live by pretense You’d never know how successful he was if you saw him walking down the street.” The disheveled man took a check book out of his pocket and said “Now, I’m looking to expand my business, I need to buy 17 more semi trucks.”
I was so shocked when I heard this. After a bit of thought it reminded me of Sam Walton – the man who started Wal-Mart. He was the exact same way, he drove an old, beat up pick up truck, he didn’t dress fancy and he treated everyone the same.
Moral of the story: don’t judge a book by it’s cover, you never know the story if you don’t open the book.
How would you feel if you were the first salesman that walked away and ignored him???