First thing first, I wanna give a big compliment towards my staff who:
Get up earlier than me (their home afar); Come 5 minutes before (sometimes not though); Work including on Saturdays and Sundays despite exhausting labor; Inform me 2 days prior to the day to be absent (sometimes not though); Continue working while some other staff quit very soon
You will know how I feel for that once you hire a staff…. It means a lot. More thankful, more grateful and even more inspiriting than hundreds of gift.
One day I heard one of our valuable customer’s child saying “I’m gonna go on trip~~~~~~~!” with a sound of glee, with a big smile. That impressed me looking over my staff.
It would be nice, not only a bonus, if those who work on Saturdays and Sundays with no complain have paid leave during Water Festival. So I let them have day-off alternatively. (We still bake everyday, so bread will be available at marts everyday as usual!)
Plus, I bought them a nice, excellent, good quality, my favorite notebook.
Believe it or not this notebook makes your dream come true. I told them to think of SELF. Think well of SELF in the future. All they need to do are;
– Imagine them in three years of how/what/where they want to be.
– Then going back. How about self in two years.
– Then once more. How about it in one year.
– Then, how about the end of this year.
– Write them down in this notebook.
You go somewhere. Sometimes, it seems “stop”, but you move on at any cost as a clock gains time. If you don’t think of any in the future, the future is always vague. And future-you may not be the one you want to be. Here is my favorite quote by Napoleon Hill. (I learned it at the age of 22.)
“If you think you are beaten, you are……. Success begins with a fellow’s will – It’s all in the state of mind.” cf: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/1033193-if-you-think-you-are-beaten-you-are-if-you
So imagining self of how you want to be is a must, I believe.
Finally but not less importantly
– Write a letter for parents of gratitude.
Being thankful towards someone inspires us. That gives us more power than animosity. This time, I set the one they feel grateful as their parents because Mom/Dad are the ones to think of their kid the most. (For sure, they just write down in this notebook. Not necessary to give it to theirs because just holding such a mind is important.)
I wish that they will come back to SANCHA’s factory safe after the day-off.