I remember listening to a piece from Cem Yilmaz, a Turkish stand-up comedian, describing his encounter with a public bathroom operator. I found the piece on the web this morning and am including it below. It’s in Turkish.
In addition to being funny, the story is a valuable lesson in taking ownership. Basically, the story shows how even a public bathroom operator can be proud of what they’re doing, do it to the best of their ability, and produce happy customers. If a public bathroom operator can do it, so can you.
Whatever it is you’re doing, take ownership of it. Don’t just go through the motions. If you find yourself belittling what you’re doing, work hard to change it. But take pride in what you’re doing until you do. And don’t listen to others who belittle what you’re doing. Set the standard and others will follow.