I noticed the older I get, the less "influential" I feel. When I was younger (probably more socially acceptable in a physical sense), I would always get people coming up to me who would remember things I did for them in the past or things I told them. However, that seems to have drifted away (i'm not complaining mind you. i'm just reflecting). I can see how this would impact someone's life to not only acknowledge these moments to themselves, but to also "pass it forward" to those who influenced you.
Back in the late 90's I was working in a position where I was under-challenged, bored, (i was filing paperwork for christ's sake). i was drinking all the time, not working out, smoking pot, doing ANYTHING to pass the time in a "feel good" way. i did NOTHING to enhance my career or financial future. i ended up joking with a female colleague in a cubicle about "sucking the heads" off crawfish. some pos feminazi overheard it and went apeshit (even though my coworker thought it was funny as hell). a HUGE ordeal was made out of this due to the whole "workplace in the 90's" (aka sexual harrassment) fiasco. so i was docked some pay, put on probation, and given a 2 weeks condition to be more productive at work. my boss, good 'ol texas country boy type fellow (think George Straight), straight up told me that if that were his wife, he'd kick my ass. but he saw potential in my ability to learn and get things done, so he gave me a chance. 2 years after that event, I was into database programming, business analysis, etc etc.
Oddly enough, just yesterday I emailed an boss of mine from about how his decision to keep me and set me straight (professionally) actually changed my life. Today, I found this vid on yt and figured I'd share
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