About three months ago I met a young gentleman. He is Portuguese. Not from the Settlement in Melaka but from Portugal. His Name is Jorge Saboga.
My initial encounter with him was merely a fleeting acquaintance. Never thought I could learn or gain anything from him. Not that I didn't want to. He never appealed to me, as a speaker or a trainer. I prejudged him before I knew him.
So lesson number one. NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER.
Not till I attended a training session he conducted. Wow! I was blown away. Not me but everyone I met after that training session had the same impact.
I met Mr. Saboga a few days after that session and thanked him for proving me wrong of what impression I had of him. I also thanked him for such a powerful training he gave. He said thank you with a big broad Portuguese smile.
So lesson number two. ACCEPT COMPLIMENTS GRACIOUSLY.
And this is what he said that I will remember for a long time. He said, 'If someone, in their sharing and their testimonials, uses your name and you as an example on how they have benefited, then you know you have succeeded'. And say thank you when people say you did a good job. Accept the compliment. You deserve it.
Two months later, Mr. Saboga invited me to deliver a part of a training and to share the same stage with him and other more accomplished trainers to an audience of about 300 people. This is the beginning of a dream come true. I thank him for the opportunity and make me believe I can do the things I'm capable of doing.