You may have already seen this video or you may have heard about it.
But trust me, it wont hurt to see it again.
After all, you can’t get tired of seeing joy, generosity and love.
So, back in 2004 Oprah surprised her audience with a massive surprise.
It began with 11 members of the audience being asked up on stage.
Unbeknownst to them their family members had contacted the show telling the producers that they each needed a new car.
Oprah, surprised them all by giving each of them a new car.
Now, that’s pretty cool in itself. But, hey this is Oprah and you know she wouldn’t stop there.
She then exceeded everybody’s expectations by handing every member of the audience a gift box.
She said, “one of the boxes holds the key to the 12th car”.
Everybody in the audience we’re buzzing with anticipation at this point!
Building the suspense she told everyone to wait and open their box at the same time…
When they did, they were surprised to find that they all had been given a new car and Oprah shouted, “Everybody gets a car! Everybody get’s a car!”
Check it out!
Now, I know it’s Oprah and we’ve come to expect her to blow us away with her generosity and fanfare.
But the truth is so many people in a similar position to Oprah’s don’t go the extra mile like she does.
In fact we all have within us – irrespective of our social standing or financial status – the ability to live our lives in such a way that we exceed the expectations of the people around us.
In going the extra mile to show someone how much we care, displaying acts of kindness to a stranger, listening more attentively, putting in extra hours at work; on a project or on your business for reasons beyond just monetary or selfish gain, and the list goes on and on.
The funny thing is this. The person in the clip getting the most joy and ecstasy from the whole thing is Oprah – see how giddy she gets when as she recalls the highlights from the episode.
And this would be the same for anyone in her shoes.
When we help others, we are in fact helping ourselves.
It’s nourishment for the soul to bring happiness to others.
Einstein expressed it perfectly when he said, “Only a life lived for others is the life worth while.”
We all have the capability to surprise another person and touch their life – no matter how small we think our impact will be.
And, guess what, it doesn’t have to take massive amounts of efforts to achieve.
Exceeding someone’s expectations can be super-small. Like the other day when I returned home from walking Riley to see Drew hoovering the lounge.
It was one of the many things I had to do before getting dinner on the go but he surprised me (and helped me) by doing it without me asking.
In that moment, he exceeded my expectations. What’s more he got a buzz out of seeing my face light up as I opened the door to hear the hoover humming away.
It’s totally win-win.
Give it a try!
So, tell me, how can you exceed someone’s expectations of you this weekend?