It’s been a few weeks now since I have travelled for work, and yes, I do enjoy it ;-). As always I prepare and pack things at the last minute. Its worst now these days cause I have like a million things running through my head that I need to take care of and want to accomplish. After a quick picture of my mom and Gina (read Gina blog/story below), I head off to the airport with my Uber guy, Jon.
In a very similar way to Gina, I immediately connect with Jon. It’s like we were on the exact same frequency. For those of you old enough to remember, we actually had to dial in our own AM/FM radio station to hear music (no mp3, nor Pandora ;-)...). Most of the time, the music came in with varying amounts of static and noise. Or if you did dial into a crystal clear station, it was something you completely didn't enjoy all that much. But true happiness is when you are in your car and you dial into a crystal clear station and the content absolutely resonates with you. Jon resonated with me in a very deep way!
Jon has been an Uber driver for a year or so now. I was impressed with the weekly pay he noted to me while being an Uber driver. He shared with me that every night he comes home to his wife (of ~10 years, originally from China), and his adopted son in Olympia. Now for those outside of Washington, Olympia to Seattle is a little more than 1 hour with decent traffic. With nasty traffic, it could be hours. But somehow, someway the universe aligned our time and location today, where we had 30 minutes to share our stories to each other on the way to the airport.
So I was curious about the guys here going to other parts of the world to find the ladies. Obviously my first question was, "So how did you communicate?" "Through an on-line translator method some 10 years ago," he said. But he noted the awkwardness and struggle came when they were able to finally meet face-to-face. The interpreter was there to help with the communications for him and her (her family also). I am not sure exactly how they both did it, but it worked out well after 10 years of whatever communication they used. I have not met his wife yet, but I am confident to say that she is a good women also. Most of the time, ineffective communications between two people will always cause issues (guilty here as well!).
He then shares with me that he has a problem... his problem was in trying to find a great piano teacher for his adopted 12-year old son (the boy was 2 years old when Jon and his wife met). Jon turns on the stereo and lets me listen to his son play the piano on the car-MP3 player. I was amazed to hear what was coming out of a 12 year old! Simply brilliant and gifted on the piano! What a great problem to have Jon.
But just like Gina's story today, Jon's story gets even better! So Jon made his money the old fashion way... through hard work, homework, thinking smart, a little bit of luck, and more hard work. He started out in real-estate, and then switched to the automotive industry... then one thing after the next he retired a few years back. He did well enough to buy a 25 acre lot in south Olympia a while back. The lot sits on a very nice river... the kind of river that as a young kid you would go down to play in on a hot summer day. Long story short, he offers up his land and allows kids, schools and the community to use his property which the river flows through. Most people these days are so territorial and protective of "their stuff" (me guilty as well)! Most parks around here charge a parking fee or a tax fee of some sort, but not Jon! He works with the city and county to provision for a safe and fun environment - all without charging a dime to anyone.
I sense that it’s not only the kids, their friends and parents that find happiness and joy playing by the river; more than likely, Jon gets 50x that same happiness each and every day as he sees the laughter, and smiles of everyone he has opened his heart and land too!
Jon you inspire me today brotha. The universe allowed me to meet two great amazing people today. Jon, I gotta check out your ranch soon when I get back.
Miki is a renowned motivational speaker and author. He appeared in the 2015 Oscar nominated film "The Last Days in Vietnam" directed and produced by Rory Kennedy, the youngest daughter of Robert F. Kennedy. He often speaks to others on the ways in which they can better their lives. His history is well documented in the documentary that shares the amazing story of his father Ba Van Nguyen and his bravery during the last few days in the Fall of Saigon. His message is one of enlightenment and courage. Miki has overcome many obstacles as he and his family worked hard to create a life in the United States while their homeland was being torn apart. Through his father’s example of courage and commitment to a better life for his family Miki is inspired to be the best he can be and be of service to others by sharing his and his family’s experiences in an effort to give hope to all refugees who take the enormous risks of leaving everything behind in hopes of a better life.
Miki is available for speaking engagements on a number of topics and also has a new book to be published soon that will offer instruction and inspiration through the recanting of his life and his experiences in this extraordinary world we all call home. For more information visit http://www.mikinguyen.com