My New book…HandShake
I am currently in the finishing stages for a new book titled Handshake: What the Great do that Others Don’t. As I stated, we are in the finishing stages, and plan to have the book completed early in January 2011. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing excerpts with you from the book, and I would love your feedback.
The book highlights different characteristics or choices associated with “the great” by examining the biographies of various highly successful people. Today’s excerpt is a glance into Chapter One and the reason why the book is titled Handshake. I sincerely look forward to your comments.
… After a few months of working with Brown’s Janitorial, my boss asked if I would be willing to work on a Saturday morning. Needing the extra money, I said yes. I met my boss at his home, and together we got in his truck and began to drive to a different location. I had no idea where we were going until we pulled up to this large home and I asked him, “What are we doing here?” He responded “This is Frank Colapinto’s house, and he hired us to help him move some items out of his garage today.” Up to this point I hadn’t been thrilled about working on a Saturday, but knowing I was about to meet Frank Colapinto made it all worth it.
We got out of the truck, and Mr. Colapinto greeted us at the front of the garage. He shook the hand of my boss and then looked to me. He stuck out his hand, and I quickly responded by putting my hand out to greet him as well. As we proceeded with the handshake he looked at me and said, “Frank Colapinto.” I had never had anyone greet me by saying their first and last name, and I also have never heard anyone say their name with such confidence, self assurance and pride. It was just a “Handshake” but it changed my life forever.
He showed us a few things that he wanted done and then he left to run some errands. The man I had admired from a distance said only two words to me but I will never forget them. Not necessarily what he said, but how he said it. A few hours later, after we were done with the work, I remember driving in the truck and thinking to myself, “could this be it…could this be the reason for his success?” Could it be that the only thing that separated Frank Colapinto from many others was confidence? Can something that small make that big of a difference? It was the only conclusion I could come up with, so I did it. I decided right then that from now on, when people asked me my name or I was introducing myself to someone I would say with confidence, “Chris Sonksen.”
For some strange reason that handshake made me believe that greatness was possible for anyone who wanted it. That it wasn’t reserved for the elite or the upper class, but that what separated the great from everyone else wasn’t necessarily talent or skill, but it was choice. For Frank Colapinto it was the choice of confidence that he displayed and a belief in himself.
Until next time,
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.”
Peter T. Mcintyre quotes
Posted on December 4, 2010, in choices, Habits, Leadership, Personal Growth, Strengths, Thoughts and tagged choices, confidence, Effective Leader, Habits, handshake, Leadership, Personal Growth, Strengths, Unlock Potential. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.