The Wake

May 18, 2011

When William learned that he was being fired for laziness and inefficiency, he went to see the head of human resources.  “Since I’ve been with the firm for so long,” he said, ” I think I deserve at least a letter of recommendation.”

The human resources director agreed and said he’d have the letter that next day.  The following morning, William found the letter on his desk.  It read:

“William worked for our company for eleven years. When he left us, we were very satisfied.”


What happened to William? Why did he lose the fire?

Maybe he needs to be in a wake.

Puzzled? Want to know what I mean? Well I got this idea from an unknown author who came up this beautiful piece:


One day all the employees reached the office and they saw a big sign on the door on which was written:
Yesterday, the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. We invite you to join the wake in the room that has been prepared in the gym.
In the beginning, they all got sad for the death of one of their colleagues, but after a while they started getting curious to know who was that man who hindered the growth of his colleagues and the company itself.
The excitement in the gym was such that security agents were ordered to control the crowd within the room. The more people reached the coffin, the more the excitement heated up.
Everyone thought: ‘Who is this guy who was hindering my progress? Well, at least he died! One by one the thrilled employees got closer to the coffin, and when they looked inside it, they suddenly became speechless.
They stood nearby the coffin, shocked and in silence, as if someone had touched the deepest part of their soul.  There was a mirror inside the coffin; everyone who looked inside it could see himself.  There was also a sign next to the mirror that said:  There is only one person who is capable of setting limits to your growth: IT IS YOU!!!!!
Your life does not change when your boss changes, when your friends change, when your parents change, when your husband or wife change, when your company change, when your church changes, when your location change, when your money change, when your status change…
Your life changes when YOU change, when you go beyond your limiting beliefs.
Examine yourself, watch yourself. Don’t be afraid of difficulties, impossibilities and losses. Be a winner; build yourself and your reality. It’s the way you face Life that makes the difference.
Many people are slightly motivated only by the tiny pay slips they receive every 15th and the 30th of the month. The days in between are struggles to get by and the drive to improve and achieve better things has died.

The wake is a need to shock us back to reality

Life is never what happens. it’s always how you deal with what happens.

Work is a blessing and a gift from God. If you don’t believe me ask those who are jobless. Be productive and unleash the potential in you that has been lying dormant for so many years.

Never forget. The largest room in the world is the room for self-improvement.


This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Doreen Q. Melendres

    Thanks for the reminder Sir Francis. I’m so blessed!

  2. phoebe

    I got hired as a public school teacher eight months ago. Before that, I worked in a call center for a year. I decided to give teaching a shot because of the assurance that I’ll never get laid off and the pay is good. But I’ve always dreamt of starting a business since i picked up my first business magazine. I have enough money and resources to go into a coffee shop business. It will be the only coffee shop in town. I want to quit the teaching job and plan to start a school when I have the resources to start it. However, what holds me back is the fear of disappointing my parents, of people talking behind their backs… I still don’t know what to do about it but this article made me think deeper. Hopefully, I’ll get to the right decision very soon…

  3. Aris Sigue

    thanks mr. kong for this message!

  4. carlo

    PROPS TO YOU sir francis..

  5. Arnel L. Manas

    Thanks, worth sharing, God Bless Sir

  6. Richie

    Thank you Sir, really worth reading and sharing…. God bless!

  7. ruperto nambio

    Yesterday I and my wife has been laughing much during your talks. We enjoyed much of you talks, that it does not matter we did cannot catch the small bus going to our home, back to Latina. So, coming home with no small bus, we walked three kilometers from train station to our flat. So, along the way, we try to remember those points, jokes and constant breaks you asked to dolike patting the right and left shoulder of our seatmates. There is one thing that catched my attention and that is
    behind your gift of speaking, you mentioned about your “personal savior”. Actually, before you, we had atleast 6 speakers like you. You and other speakers have one in common, that is a belief in the Almighty One. I am not a religious person, I use to be ( before), but as time past, things change my approach in life, but to believe in One Great Person, this I did not remove. Because, great men of history is always linked to Someone greater than they. So, I was glad to know you, you are one of them. Your relationship to Him has made you where you are now. By the way, if we have only time and not hurrying to get home, I should have shake with you and tell you that I disagree with you regarding retirement,that I will stop working if I won a lottery of more than half a billion pesos, why? Because with that billions of pesos I have, will do the working for me. You got my point? Well, about your books, I will look for some. Warm regards and all the best.

  8. nimfa ramirez

    thnk u Sir. Francis for that wonderful message…GOD BLESS!

  9. nimfa ramirez

    thank u sir..

  10. nimfa ramirez

    thnk u sir..

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