Lessons From an Uber Driver

As you may know YieldStreet is helping to finance a fleet of cars for the ridesharing ecosystem (Uber, Lyft etc) through Quest Livery & Leasing. We love this offering (currently open for funding here) due to the impact it makes across the value chain from the drivers, to the operator, to YieldStreet and our investors. Personally, I am an avid user of Uber, Lyft, Via, Gett, and others. I talk to these drivers a lot to understand not only how they are financing their car but about topics like what motivates them and the differences with yellow cabs. Recently, we were riding from the West side after Mother’s Day dinner, with a driver from Pakistan, Shamraiz. He was a proud father of 5 kids and his eldest daughter was going into 8th grade in a charter school in Brooklyn. After some pleasantries he started chatting with my son Eshan. Interestingly, he told us about how he joined Toastmasters in Manhattan to improve his public speaking.  He also gave Eshan some math puzzles and, seeing Eshan respond (for a change), he shared some amazing life lessons with us:
“Write something worth reading but better do something that will be worth writing” “It is nice to be important but it is important to be nice” “Readers of today are Leaders of tomorrow” “You are happy if you are successful but more successful if you are happy”
Shamraiz is a wise man. And a nice man. His dream was to give a better life to his kids than he ever had, and he was doing all he could to make it happen. He exuded positivity that was infectious. He was constantly striving to improve himself and learn and he wanted to foster the same passion in his kids. For the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking about him and the lessons in humility, achievement, and leadership that he shared with us in 15 minutes. They were inspiring to me, and I wanted to pass them onto you.
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