The cafeteria was jampacked with employees from the different departments of the bank. Everyone was eager to witness the first run of our company’s so-called Career Express. It’s like a career fair within the company. In my estimate, there were about 100-150 attendees.
I was seated in the crowd when our big bosses –SVPs of the different departments of the bank — together with our CEO, arrived.
Then our CEO waved at me.
“Was it me he was waving at? It couldn’t be me!” I smiled anyway, as I shyly waved back at him. I was hesitant because I wasn’t sure if it was me he was waving at.
Then he approached me, shook my hand, and said, “Congratulations! I read your book. It’s very good. Well-written.”
For a second, I didn’t know what to say. I just stared at him, trying to digest what he just said. I was either mesmerized by his blue eyes or surprised that someone as busy as a CEO of a Fortune 500 company would bother reading my book. Or maybe both. Oh yes! Our CEO looks like Tom Cruise!
Did he say he read my book? Did he say it was very good? A smile spread over my face.
I managed to answer, “Thank you. Really?! Did you actually read my book?” I wanted to confirm whether what I heard was real or I was just hallucinating.
He smiled and said, “Yes, it’s very easy to read.”
How did my book land in our CEO’s hands?
A day (or maybe a week) prior to the Career Express, our CEO hosted what our company coined as “Lunch with the CEO.” It’s an intimate 1.5-hour lunch at our CEO’s house in Forbes, with some 10 employees (per batch) sharing the same table with the CEO.
During our lunch, I gave him a complimentary copy of my first book Think Rich, Yuppies! I told him he didn’t have to read the book. The book was just my token of gratitude to him for spending time with us. It was also my way of showing respect to him.
Back to the Career Express
Then the program started. Our CEO gave his opening remarks and while he was talking, I was still beaming from ear to ear. I was ecstatic!
Then he said, “A lady in this room wrote a very good book.” Then he looked at me.
At this point, I almost melted.
Another priceless moment that I will always treasure. 😛
What day-to-day events brought smile to your face? As always, comments are welcome. Please share your story with us. Let’s spread happy energy as we start the week. 🙂
Have a wonderful week ahead!
P.S.1 When I wrote and published my book, great things happened. The two years I spent writing my book paid off. I’ve never stopped writing since then. I summarized my writing secrets and revealed them in my latest eBook How to Write a Book Even if You’re Not a Writer. Click here.
P.S.2 Need help writing your book? I can help you. Through the years of writing and re-writing my books, I’ve discovered the system of writing a book! I shared it here.
*This beautiful story happened happened sometime in May 2011.
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