CEO of 4ward Group, Mr. Itodo Forward Onyedika narrated a story of how a driver saved his boss’ life due to his generousity.
He posted the story on a Facebook Group. Below is what he wrote:
My Driver Saved My Life.
I was having a powerful time on Thursday with one of my bosses, a business mogul down here in Abuja.
I learnt a lot of things from that meeting and I will be sharing them with you guys one after another(4G is generous).
As we were busy discussing about a particular new business in town my boss said to me, Forward I want to teach you one thing that will help you in this journey of life and business.
I said thank you Sir with my ears wide open and my eyes focusing directly to his mouth to make sure that I don’t miss a point.
Then he said to me “in this journey of life and business try as much as possible to be good and generous to all, even to the least person around you”
I was still wondering how that could be the lesson of the day before he started a very shocking story that goes this way.
back then in maidugri I was very rich and everybody around me had a taste of my goodness and generosity I’m not bragging.
All my workers were entitled to bags of rice every year with some cash as bonus every year. I rented an accommodation for my driver and his family, he was entitled to 2 to 3 bags every year. I also made sure that I give him weekend allowance apart from his basic salary, whenever we are going somewhere and I want to eat, he is entitled to any plate of food of his choice irrespective of the amount.
One faithful day in 2013 I was with my driver in my head office, he went outside to answer a particular phone call and all of a sudden he rushed into the shop and asked me to hurriedly run out of the shop through the back door. I wanted to start asking him questions but he pushed me out through the back door and immediately I started hearing gun shots in the front of my shop. It was boko guys and the wasted many lives in our line. Some of them entered my shop and asked my driver where is your oga, he told them that I just left the office not long ago.
My driver was there with me when a customer made a cash payment of more than 10million naira which is still in the shop as at the moment of that incident. He would have allowed them to waste me while he goes with the money. But he didn’t.
That was how my driver saved my life and money because of my goodness and generosity to him. The guy guided all my movement in maidugri till I left there.
My everyday question is “what if I wasn’t nice to my driver, what would have happened?”
Mr “Forward” in everything you do in this life and in your business, be generous to even the least person around you.
Those guys will automatically become your free marketers and they will always speak good of you.
That was the first lesson he taught me that day.
So I say to you guys out there “be generous to even the least person around you, it will go a long way in determining how successful you will end up in life.