My name is David Metzger and I have a passion for people. Now this phrase in and of itself is a bit vague and hard to pin down. Allow me to elaborate; nothing brings me more joy than to know that my actions have positively impacted someone else's life. While certainly I strive for personal gains and achievements in my own life, I take just as much pleasure out of helping someone reach their goals as I gain from reaching my own. In a way, I define my success by how well I help others succeed. I realize that this is a bold statement--one that would require proof to back it up. I encourage you to read on.
After spending a significant amount of my childhood living in the Middle East, I have an appreciation for customs and traditions around the world. This perspective has actually given me the ability to get past odd accents and mannerisms to see a person. The reason for this is that I used to be the one who was different--the one who was brushed aside because they did things differently. Now that I am the local, I can see the same confusion and frustration I used to feel in immigrants living here. Frequently in my college classes, I would be the "nice American" who could help the exchange students understand homework assignments and lectures. Let me be clear that this was not a burden to me, but something I very much enjoyed and cherished.
While this love of helping did begin with those from other countries, it spread to those raised within our borders. Many of the same root feelings that are experienced by foreigners trying to figure out how to operate in a new country, are felt by nationals adjusting to a different process, a different job, a different town, or even a different life. My eyes and ears are always open and looking for someone who might need a little extra help. So when I say, "Can I help you?," it means much more to me than a phrase employees are taught to say.