Being WILLING to do MORE than you THINK it will TAKE
by Lori Ballen
What an Experience! We took our 9 year old Tabitha on her first cruise. This was just a small 3 day cruise leaving from Long Beach, California into Ensenada, Mexico.
I’ve been on many cruises in my lifetime, but there were some things that stood out this time that I had never noticed before. Probably, because I was not at that place in my life where I would have cared to notice.
Upon entering the boat around lunch time on Friday, we noticed a very active staff. Waiters were on deck serving the drink of the day frozen concoctions, Housekeeping was busy dressing the rooms, the Cruise Director was greeting everyone with a smile, and there were team members representing shore excursions, youth camps, and the spa among others.
First Observation – The waiters serving the frozen concoctions were really PUSHING to sell us a bucket of beer. I mean REALLY pushing. My husband ordered one, he was not ready to carry around a bucket and there were no more over 21 aged guests in our party. For those of you who don’t know, all food and drink on cruises are free except for soda, special juices, and liquor. No cash changes hands so now, everything we buy on our sail and sign cards (which link to our debit or credit cards) include a 15% gratuity. I figure that guy understands that a bucket of beer creates a much larger gratuity than a single beer. He makes what he makes on the ship – but his real money comes from the tips would be my guess. That guy was willing to more than he thought it would take to sell that bucket of beer (no, we did not buy the bucket – but we might as well have after enjoying the deck party for several hours)
Second Observation – Later that night, we went to the Ships ‘Vegas Style’ Show. We observed that we had seen all of the dancers before. They were the staff that was greeting us as we boarded the ship and all of them had been working other jobs. They were the ones leading the games, handing out bingo tickets, working the spa raffle and so on. The next morning when we awoke, those same faces were in different uniforms around the ship – again. I don’t know when they stopped really. They were just always there.
Third Observation – At the Captains Dinner, we began to speak with the waitress and asked her how long she was on the ship. 6 months she told us. 6 months?? She told us she has a husband and 3 kids including a baby and only goes home for 7 weeks between 6 month ship tours. So she only sees her family 3 months out of the entire year. That shocked me. It seemed so military. Obviously, this allows her family more financial opportunities than they have in the countries they come from. It broke my heart and knocked my socks off all at the same time.
Fourth Observation – We were in Mexico. We wound up (sort of lost) in this fish market with street vendors. I’m used to the street vendors and the children that will do everything in their power to get you to buy their products, but I witnessed something new this trip. We passed a row of little food shops. They were identical. About 6 little Mexican cafes in a row that literally had the EXACT same table set up with the exact same salsas and spices on each table. As we approached each shop – a woman would be standing out on the edge hollering at us in Spanish. And I mean hollering. They were all holding menus and I could tell they were attempting to get us to come into the shop and eat. We were following a couple of men ahead of us and they obviously spoke Spanish as I saw then nod and respond slightly. As we approached the 4th shop – the men suddenly turned right and went in. I so wish I knew why. What did that woman say that made them stop?? What was different about her, or her message that made them stop?? Whatever it was, she did what it took. They went in.
All four of these observations lead me to one conclusion – that these people were all willing to do what it takes to succeed. No, actually, all of these people were willing to do MORE than they thought it would take to succeed. They are not waiting for someone to hand them something or GIVE them a job, they are making things happen on their own. They don’t stop until they have the outcome they want. They are passionate and driven. They are determined and clearly self motivated. They are willing to do more than they think it will take to succeed.
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