Different perspectives

A father said to his daughter, “You have graduated with honors, here is a Jeep I bought many years ago. It’s pretty old now. But, before I give it to you, take it to the used car lot downtown and tell them I want to sell it and see how much they offer you for it.”

The daughter went to the used car lot, returned to her father and said, “They offered me $1,000 because they said it looks pretty worn out.”

The father said, “Now take it to the pawn shop.” The daughter went to the pawn shop, returned to her father and said, “The pawn shop offered only $100 because it is an old Jeep.”

The father told his daughter to go to a Jeep club and show them the Jeep. The daughter took the Jeep to the club, returned and told her father, “Some people in the club offered $100,000 for it because it’s an iconic Jeep and sought by many collectors.”

Now the father said to his daughter, “The right place values you the right way. If you are not valued, do not be angry, it means you are in the wrong place. Those who know your value are those who appreciate you… Never stay in a place where no one sees your value.”

A wise life lesson we all can benefit from.

I believe there is tremendous value in getting different perspectives, and not just from the obvious people you’d think to ask. It can stretch and shift your thinking. Give you jumping off points for what could lead to unexpected growth for you.

Whose perspective would you like to get for something you’re working on, want to do, or maybe about how you’re showing up?

BTW, a friend shared the father/daughter story on Facebook, written by “Anonymous.”

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