Thursday, March 01, 2007
Good Manners and Right Conduct
I don't watch The Oprah Show regularly but whenever I do I turn off the TV enlightened, informed and sometimes even forgiving. Today the topic was on resilience and the one that really left an impact on me was that of a man who grew up very poor, was unschooled, got drawn into the mess of drugs, caught and imprisoned when he was all of 15 years! What was so amazing about his life story was what he did to get up from where he stumbled. While he was in prison he honed up his culinary skills while working in the prison kitchen for which he received kudos not only from his fellow inmates but from his superiors as well. Those praises buoyed up his self esteem so when he got out of prison he used the same skills, plus more, to climb the corporate ladder. Today he is an Executive Chef of a restaurant in one of the top 3 major hotels in Las Vegas. How he did it? He taught himself good manners and right conduct!