Jerry was the kind of guy you love to hate. He was always in a good mood and always had something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, “If I were any better, I would be twins!”

He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, “I don’t get it! You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?”

Jerry replied, “Each morning I wake up and say to myself, ‘Jerry, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood.’ I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.”

“Yeah, right, it’s not that easy,” I protested.

“Yes, it is,” Jerry said. “Life is all about choices. When you cut way all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live life.”

I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never supposed to do in a restaurant business: he left the back door open one morning and was held up at gunpoint by three armed robbers. While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma centre.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.

I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, “If I were any better, I’d be twins. Wanna see my scars?”

I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place. “The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door,” Jerry replied. “Then, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live, or I could choose to die. I chose to live.”

“Weren’t you scared? Did you lose consciousness?” I asked.

Jerry continued, “The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the emergency room and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read, ‘He’s a dead man.’

“I knew I needed to take action.”

“What did you do?” I asked.

“Well, there was a big, burly nurse shouting questions at me,” said Jerry. “She asked if I was allergic to anything. ‘ Yes,’ I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breathe and yelled, ‘ Bullets!’ Over their laughter, I told them. ‘I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.”

Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully. Attitude, after all, is everything.
You have 2 choices now:
1. Crib about your daily life and whatever you are doing and be unhappy . . .
2.  Enjoy every moment of your life & give in your Best.



Courtesy: Anonymous


  1. 1
    Kanagasubramanian Says:

    Very cool stuff. After a long time, i am reading this motivation story. Really I am not feeling good (for long time) till before reading this. But now Iam feeling good.
    Thank you very much , Please write lot….

  2. 2
    Velan Says:

    It is a great thing to do, Motivating others..I was upset and problems going through my mind. Luckily , I saw your blog ,which made me feel better.
    Please continue your blog

  3. 3
    N. Srividya Says:

    Iam really motivated!!!!

    A very good start!!!! First impression 🙂

    My Best wishes to you for your excellence in your motivation journey……

  4. 4
    mercurysmiles Says:

    fantastic article! it really shows you are someone who always radiates positive energy wherever you are. good. best wishes for your first post and we expect many more like this. keep it up 🙂

  5. 5
    Ashok Raj Says:

    Superb start..!!! And nicely drafted to bring up all downtrodden minds…

    Let this Motivational blog have maximum no of readers and help whomsoever needs @ time…!!!

    Ashok Raj

    • 6
      energy4excellence Says:

      Hi Ashok,
      I’m just a broadcaster of that story, I don’t know the source of it. My main intention is to broadcast optimism whether it is own or not.


      • 7
        Ashok Raj Says:

        Yah, though source is from somewhere, but your Activity of gathering those and channeling it here is helping a lot for many in many ways.. Esp for ppl to come out of existing conflicts and to move on forward.

        It’s not an easy task to implement such thougth into action.. But u r doing it…!!! One of the great stuff to learn from u..!


  6. 8
    Venkataraman Says:

    Great post to motivate people… Keep going… Very inspirational one…

  7. 9
    Venkataraman Says:

    Great Post… Very inspirational… I will try to follow Jerry’s tips in life…

  8. 10
    BVN Says:

    Saran, thanks for not revealing my real name and telling my own story with a different name (JERRY). Thanks for remembering that I dont like advertising about myself.

  9. 11
    Kumaran KN Says:

    Hi Saran,

    Good and all the best….

  10. 12
    Dinesh Says:

    Yeah! It’s pretty good to see a great start. We can be motivated but keeping the spirit at hard times is really a tough task.
    That is where saran comes to rescue with motivation 🙂
    Only by Changing our mind we can change the world!

  11. 13
    Nithya Says:

    My day was very bad today and i was completely depressed.

    After reading this, i feel i over reacted to the situation

    Excellent story .Thanks for sharing with us. Keep up the good work

    • 14
      energy4excellence Says:

      Hi Nithya,
      My prayers will be always with you for the speedy recovery of your dad. He will be definetly blessed with adundant health.


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