I was waiting for a ride at the airport in Lagos when a cab pulled up.
The first thing I noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine.
The cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for me.
He handed me a card and said: ‘I’m Abdul, your driver. While loading your bags in the trunk I’d like you to read my mission statement.’
Taken aback, I read the card. It said: Abdul’s Mission Statement:
To get my customers relaxed and to their destination in the quickest, safest way possible.
I noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean!
As he slid behind the wheel, Abdul said, ‘Would you like a cup of coffee?’
I said jokingly, ‘No, I prefer a soft drink.’
Abdul smiled and said, ‘No problem. I have Coke, water and orange juice.’
Almost stuttering, I said, ‘I’ll take Coke.’
Handing me my drink, Abdul said, ‘If you’d like to listen to the radio. These are the stations I get and the music they play’
‘Tell me, Abdul ,’ I asked him, ‘have you always served customers like this?’
Abdul smiled. “No, not until I learnt the power of choice.
While others weren’t as welcoming, Abdul chose to be different.
You can either be a duck or an eagle. Ducks complain while eagles soar.
Start being an eagle today.