Dear Editor, I’m sitting at home waiting for a 16-year-old lad to turn up at my house after he knocked my door last night stating that he was trying to start up a “car wash round” because, in his own words, he had been “so let down” with promises of apprenticeships and employment that had not materialised.
I took an immediate interest in him last night and told him that I had started out, washing cars, cutting lawns, cleaning windows and clearing snow from paths – which quite simply provoked a “work ethos” in me from when I was 16 ( a long time ago) – and dare I say, people now consider me to be “successful”
So the arrangement was that he would turn up at midday today, I even asked what type of car shampoo he would use, to which he replied that he only had washing up liquid.
I told him this wasn’t an option on modern cars as it is a detergent and will strip off any wax – so I said that I would buy him a gallon of car wash and wax to start him off ( and little did he know – I would have set him up with whatever he needed) He clearly recognised the offer last night as he reached out and shook my hand – deal done, I thought,
What’s happened today? He never turned up.
Little does he know the difference I could have made to his life and maybe introduced him to further opportunities, purely because he had held his head above the crowd and shown some initiative.
Such a pity, because he could have had so much more going for him.
Moral of the story? Never miss an opportunity – I never did.
Building Management & Consultancy Ltd