Hello there Millionaires and Future Millionaires,
Have you been giving your best at what you do? Today, I would like to cover a little on the importance of us giving our best. And why we shouldn’t settle for less.
Just like how we would like others to give their best service to us, we should also give our best even when we don’t feel like it. There is a story which I would like to share. It dates back to the 1910s and is a story from china. It is the story of a man called Mr. Cha Buduo which translates to “close enough”. This was taken from a forum post which can be found here.
Mr. Cha Buduo
The Story of Mr. Cha Buduo
Do you know who the most famous person in China is?
When you mention him, everybody knows instantly who you’re talking about because of his fame. His family name is Cha, and his given name is Buduo, and he lives in every village of every county of every province. You have certainly seen him at some point and heard others discussing him. Mr. Cha Buduo is on everyone’s lips all the time because he represents each and every individual in China.
Mr. Cha Buduo looks, well, more or less like you or I do. He has two eyes, though he doesn’t see particularly well; two ears, though he doesn’t hear very clearly; and a nose and a mouth, though he isn’t vary discerning about scents and tastes. He has quite a brain on him, too, though his memory isn’t very attentive and his thoughts aren’t well organized.
“‘Close enough’ is quite enough in all matters,” he often says. “What need is there for attentiveness?”
When Mr. Cha was a boy, his mother once sent him out to buy some brown sugar. She scolded him when he came home with white sugar instead, but he just dismissed it with a shake of the head, saying: “Brown sugar and white sugar are basically the same thing.”
When he was in school, a teacher once asked: “Which province is located west of Zhili?”
“Shaanxi,” Mr. Cha answered, to which his teacher said: “Incorrect. It’s Shanxi, not Shaanxi.” Mr. Cha responded: “Shanxi, Shaanxi; they’re basically the same thing.”
Mr. Cha Buduo later made his living working at a bank. He was capable both with a pen and calculator, but he was never precise. He often miswrote 10s as 100s and viceversa, and every time he faced the wrath of his employer, he would laugh it off and say to himself: “It’s just a difference of a zero; close enough!”
One day, he had to catch a train to Shanghai for an urgent matter of business. After casually making his way to the train station, he found himself two minutes late and missed his train. Staring vacantly at the smoke bellowing from the now distant locomotive, he shrugged it off: “Well I guess I’ve got to go tomorrow. Today, tomorrow, it’s all the same, more or less. But boy that train operator takes time way too seriously. 8:30, 8:32, it’s all the same! More or less.”
He blabbered to himself as he slowly made his way home, wondering out loud why the train did not wait those two extra minutes for him.
Later in his life, he came down with a sudden illness. He instructed his family to call over Dr. Wāng from East Street. They ran with haste but couldn’t immediately find any Dr. Wāng on East Street, so they instead found Dr. Wáng, a veterinarian specializing in cattle, from West Street. From his sickbed, Mr. Cha Buduo knew they had brought back the wrong doctor, but he was gravely ill and in great pain and could not wait any longer. “It’s a good thing that Dr. Wáng and Dr. Wāng are basically no different from each other,” he mused to himself. “Let’s let him have a look.” And so the vet approached the bed and used his knowledge of treating cattle to heal Mr. Cha. The sick man was on the verge of death within the hour.
As Mr. Cha was more-or-less dying, he heaved difficultly as he spit out his final words: “Life and death… they’re… practically the same… Close enough… is quite… enough… What need… for being… so… serious…?” And thus was his last breath.
After he had passed, Mr. Cha Buduo was remembered fondly for his insight and ability to think through problems. He was called a man of great virtue for never taking things seriously, never “settling the score,” and never being petty, and he earned the posthumous Buddhist title “Master of Flexibility.”
His fame spread further and wider as more and more people learned from his example. And that is how everyone in China became a Mr. Cha Buduo – and how China became known worldwide as a country of lazy people.
The story may be about giving your best, but it is relatable to the the effects of not giving your best. By not being thorough with what you do, there could/would be consequences that follow.
Don’t be lazy
We all want to be successful, however most of us, myself included are too lazy to make the change to become who we want to be. We need to be able to discipline ourselves and tell ourselves not to be lazy, to never short change our quality of service to others. By changing this attitude we have towards our task and others, people will be able to see that you are someone of quality. You can tell when someone is always giving their best, and you would definitely trust that person to provide a service or carry out a task for you. Likewise for us when we start to give our best and be thorough with what we do, that vibe of “perfection” would resonate with others and opportunities would start coming our way.
Giving our best even when we do not want to
We should give our best all the time, even when we do not feel like it or even if we feel the person on the receiving end does not deserve it. Sometimes we will feel that certain people, due to the way the treat us, shouldn’t or don’t deserve getting the best service we can give. However, this is when it is most important that we still give our best.
Firstly, by giving your best even when you don’t feel like it, it will train your brain to always give your best even when the situation seems negative. It train your mind to always perform your best no matter the circumstances, be it in a negative period of time or towards a negative person.
Secondly, people around will see that you are performing “above” the situation. And the truth is, most people know how hard or diffcult it may be positive and still give your best in negative situation or towards a negative person.
Thirdly, for those dealing with people who seem negative. The person may seem negative to you, but that does not mean he sees you in a negative light. Some people sometimes come off as negative till we start talking to them. In most cases, you will find out that they are really awesome people to have a conversation with and we could learn some things from them or even gain some connections from them.
And finally, for those who are dealing with negative people. If you service towards these negative people is at your best, they would recommend others to your services. Because, whether they like it or not, they know that you give your best and they would oblivious want to use your services to boost their own networks. You know when you ask one of your well connected friends if they know someone good at a certain service, and your friend tells you “oh yeah, I know a guy who is great at it. I would highly recommend you to go to him/her.” And you look at your friend thinking, this guy is really resourceful. Same thing the negative guy would probably do
So always give your best, as it truly reflects a whole lot about you and it shapes the image that people see of you.
I shall end this post here. I hope what I shared has in a way or another benefitted you.
So my friends, do a reflection on yourself and see if you are giving your best, if you aren’t, then it is time for change.
See you again fellow Millionaires and Future Millionaires!