Reza Ghiabi has been featured by the Humans of Tehran page to share his quotes and stories. In the post he states:
I create business opportunities for people and organizations. What I’m always curious about, is the amount of “trust” people are willing to put on others. Trusting others is not about the size of our pockets, it’s about the faith we have in human beings. Let me tell you a short story:
About some time ago, I had this consulting project in which I had to go to the client’s office twice a week. The office was in one of the high traffic areas of Tehran and I usually took three taxis to get there. Like most of Tehraners, I had my wallet, and I had some change in my shirt pocket to avoid bringing out my wallet each time I change a taxi.
One day when I was done with a consulting session and I was getting back, I found out that I left my wallet at home in the morning and I had only my pocket money that day. Having no money in the middle of Tehran could end up pretty bad, you know…
I thought I go to the nearest branch of my bank and withdraw a few thousand Tomans to get back to home. But my ID card was also in the damn wallet left at home… The bank clerk an the branch manager didn’t took the effort to look at me when they were refusing my urgent request. So I had no choice to turn to the customers and ask for help. I went to these four gentlemen wearing suits and cologne who were waiting at the bank. I explained my situation and asked if it is possible I transfer some money through my banking mobile app and they withdraw the among from ATM for me. Non of them even considered…
Helpless and devastated, I was asking myself “how can I be such a idiot forgetting my own wallet?!”. Suddenly a man turned to me and said “hey, I heard what you were saying to those customers. I don’t know anything about the internet and mobile apps and I can’t check if you transferred the amount for me or not, but I trust you would. Now, how much do you need?”. He wasn’t wearing a suit. He had this old jeans and shirt, and I could tell he was there to do something for his boss from an old motorcycle helmet he had. But he trusted me.
It was at that point I understood that our trust in human beings has nothing to do with the size of our pockets.
I did several jobs and I enjoyed each and every one of them. I think a job is satisfying when you find at least a “meaning” in it. The point is if look close enough, you can find a meaning in everything.