Even the most seemingly mundane skills can be used to our advantage and may even be just the thing that sets us apart from others. Check out this episode of One a Positive Note to learn more.
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00:16 Joke about a security guard
00:33 Insight about valuable skills
01:18 Positive news story about using valuable skills to help other
02:33 Insight about kindness
03:12 Reflection questions
03:29 Wrap up
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Corbley, M. (2020, July 7). Supermarket security guard is going viral for holding an umbrella over dog standing in the rain. Retrieved from
Jonas Cain is a Learning Experience Designer and Facilitator of Fascination for Hashtag Positivity, an educational company that helps emerging leaders and their influencers initiate and manage positive change for personal and professional growth.
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Hi everyone! Jonas Cain here with Hashtag Positivity, and welcome to On a Positive Note, the podcast that offers hope through positive stories, practical insights, and even a little levity.
And on that note it brings us to today’s joke about a man applying for a job as a security guard. He spent twelve hours in the waiting room waiting for the interview before someone finally came in and announced: “You’re hired!
Even though this is just a joke, it does point to the truth, because even the most seemingly mundane skills can be used to our advantage and may even be just the thing that sets us apart from others. After all, the patience to stand around a waiting room all day is just the kind of patience that a competent security guard needs in order to effectively do the job. So the next time you’re feeling unsure of yourself, take stock of what you do well, because even your most seemingly mundane skill may be just the thing that sets you apart from the rest.
And on that note it brings us to today’s positive news story that comes to us from Giffnock Scotland, where a security guard is being hailed as an “everyday hero.”
23-year old Ethan Dearman works security at Morrison’s grocery store and one day he was patrolling the parking lot when it started to rain. Dearman observed that there was a dog tied up in front of the store and without missing a beat he ran into the store for an umbrella and then stood in the rain holding the umbrella over the dog’s head.
This touching moment was caught on camera by Twitter user Mel Gracie, who promptly shared the sweet moment for others to be inspired by, and it has since generated thousands of responses applauding the security guard’s gift of kindness.
When asked about the experience, Dearman replied that he likes to keep an eye out for dogs, adding, and “You never know how dogs feels about the rain.”
There’s a lot that we can learn from this touching story of a man who didn’t think twice before jumping into action to help. It’s easy to get wrapped up in your work and your own concerns that you forget about how others are dealing with life events. Yet, it truly doesn’t take much to show others that you care, to show them that they matter and that someone is thinking of them. Demonstrating kindness can be as simple and mundane as holding an umbrella; and who knows, such and act may be just the thing that sets you apart from the rest.
What skills do you have? And what can you do to use these skills to help make your community a better place?
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Jonas Cain is a Learning Experience Designer and Facilitator of Fascination for Hashtag Positivity, a social entrepreneurship providing social emotional knowledge, skills, and resources to help emerging leaders and their influencers experience greater clarity, confidence, courage, and joy in their life, work, and relationships.