It was Saturday morning and a young teenager named Jane was waiting at the bus stop with her friends.
She borrowed a mobile phone from a pal and made a call. People standing nearby could easily observe her and listen to what she had to say. The conversation went something like this:
Jane: ‘Good morning! Is that Mr. Jackson?’
Mr. Jackson: ‘Yes, it is. How can I help?’
Jane: ‘Please can you give me the job of cleaning your car?’
Mr. Jackson: ‘Thanks for the offer but I already have someone to clean my car.’
Jane: ‘Mr. Jackson, how about I clean your car for half the price of the person who is doing it now.’
Mr. Jackson: ‘I’m very satisfied with the person who is presently cleaning my car.’
Jane: (with more perseverance): ‘Mr. Jackson, I’ll clean your car outside and in. When I’ve finished the dashboard and interior will be polished to a sparkle and smell like new And I’ll also make sure the paintwork and wheels are spotlessly clean so you will have the brightest, shiniest car in the neighbourhood.’
Mr. Jackson: ‘No, thank you. Bye now.’
With a smile on her face, Jane ended the call. A businesswoman, who was listening to all this, walked over to the Jane and said, ‘I like your attitude; I like that positive spirit and I like you. Do you want a job working for me?’
‘That’s kind but no thanks,’ said Jane.
‘But just now you were begging Mr. Jackson to let you clean his car?’ the businesswoman replied.
‘Not quite,’ Jane answered with a smile. ‘I was just checking on my performance for the job I already have. You see I am the one who cleans Mr. Jackson’s car!’
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