What does it take to make a difference in the world? Be nice. That's it. Smile, say please and thank you. Ask people how they are doing, and, most importantly - care about their answer. I have met famous people and I have met people like Malik, the man who works in the gift shop downstairs at the hotel I'm staying at. Guess who I enjoyed the most? Malik, who has a big heart and a warm smile. He was the first person to welcome me to New York City. He said I was warm and I laughed and asked him what he meant. He said, "You are nice, most people, not so nice. They just grunt. You are a nice lady." So every day I came down after dinner and bought things I didn't need to support Malik and get to know him. Malik is a celebrity to me, he's the real star - because he works 14 hours a day at two jobs and keeps a smile on his face. He smiles even when others don't, he says "have a nice day" when others don't say thank you. Malik said, "Sometimes I want to go home to India, maybe it would be easier, but I like it here, I just wish people were nicer." He goes home every year for a couple of months and he says "I give my money to everyone because they need it more." If only everyone were as nice as Malik.
Malik, thank you for being warm to me, for always asking me how my day went. For celebrating with me when I pitched my book and got the yes(s) I long dreamed about. Thanks for the diet coke, the smiles and telling me your story.
So please just be nice, for the Maliks of the world, who make your day easier and who don't get the thanks or the celebrity so few actually deserve.