At the point of death, Tom Smith called his children and after praying for them, he advised them to follow his footsteps so that they can have peace of mind in all that they do.
His youngest daughter Immaculate looked at others and yelled, “Daddy, its unfortunate you are dying without a penny in your bank account. Personally, I can’t emulate you. Other father’s that you tag as being corrupt, thieves of public funds left houses and properties for their children. Even this house we live in is a rented apartment. Sorry, I can’t emulate you. Just go. Leave us to chart our own course. Let’s paddle our own canoe.”
Few moments later, her father gave up the spirit.
Three years later, Immaculate went for an interview in a multinational company. The interview panel had already penciled down a candidate for the highly coveted post but wanted to complete the formality of interviewing all applicants on the list. As soon as Immaculate sat before the interview panel, the Chairman of the committee asked, “Which Smith are you? ” and Immaculate replied, “I am Immaculate Smith. My late father Tom Smith died a poor man…” But the Chairman abruptly cut in, “O my God, you are Tom Smith’s daughter?” He turned to other members and said “This Smith man was the one that signed my membership form into the Institute of Chartered Administrators and his recommendation earned me where I am today. He did all this for free. I didn’t even know his address, he never knew me from Adam. He just did it for me.” He turned to Immaculate and said, “I have no questions for you. Consider yourself as selected for this job, resume tomorrow, your letter will be waiting for you.”
Immaculate Smith became the Corporate Affairs Manager of the company with two cars, one official and one for private use, attached to the office, with a duplex and two drivers and a salary of £100,000 per month excluding allowances and other costs when she travelled outside England.
After two years of working in the company, the Group Managing Director of the company came from America to announce his intention to resign and needed a replacement. A personality with high integrity was sought, again the company’s Consultant nominated Immaculate Smith.
In an interview, she was asked the secret of her success and the sudden sky rocketing profile. In tears, she replied, “My daddy paved these ways for me. It was after he died that I knew that he was financially poor but stinkingly rich in integrity, discipline and honesty.”
She was asked again, “Why she is weeping since she is no longer a kid so as to miss her dad still after such a long time”. She replied, “At the point of his death, I insulted my dad for being an honest man of integrity. I hope he will forgive me in his grave now. I didn’t work for all this great success. He did it for me to just walk in.”
So finally she was asked,” Will you follow your father’s foot steps as he requested?” And her simple answer was, “l now adore this man. I have a big picture of him in my living room and at the entrance of my house. He deserves whatever I have after God.”
Are you like Tom Smith? It pays to build a name. The reward doesn’t come quickly but it will come however long it may take and it lasts longer.
Integrity, discipline, self control and fear of God makes man wealthy – but without the fat bank account. Leave a good heritage for your children. Are you building a good name for your children & not a fat bank account? As an agent of CHANGE, please share this true life story with your loved ones.
God bless us all.