This is a Million Dollar Story

Million Dollars

I wrote the Million-Dollar Story in 1996 at the request of Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen.  It was published in one of their first Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

It basically tells the story of a corporate type person turning cab driver by choice and by passion.  The driver tells me why he makes this decision … “After evaluating my personal assets and talents, I decided to become a cab driver.  Not just a regular taxi hack,”  he continued, “but a professional cab driver.  One thing I know for sure, to be good in my business I could simply just meet the expectations of my passengers.  But to be GREAT in my business, I’d have to exceed the customer’s expectations.  I like the sound of being GREAT better than just being AVERAGE.”

This story has been picked up by hundreds of churches, businesses, cab companies, and Jack himself used it on TV to promote the book.  Ii has been printed in every language I know of and the story has traveled the world.  It’s not that the article is so well written as much as the message is one of a person recognizing their highest and best use, having the courage and passion to follow their dreams and utilizing their talent in a self chosen profession.  It’s called succeeding on purpose.

What would you do if money and prestige did not get in the way of your ability to follow your dreams?

Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish – La Fontaine

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