Teens are often known for sitting around, sleeping, and eating, but some of them go above and beyond what’s required of them to accomplish something truly spectacular. An amazing example of this comes from a teenager in Alabama who was rewarded significantly for his strong ethics. Hopefully not only teenagers, but people everywhere can learn a thing or two from this man.
For a full year and a half, Derrick Taylor in Oxford, Alabama woke up at 3 a.m to make it to his shift an hour later at a UPS store. This alone can be pretty tough on a teenager, but that’s merely a fraction of his work ethic.
As it turns out, this Alabama teen has not only been waking up this early in this morning—his mode of transportation had been walking 5 miles to his job at a UPS, and then making the exact same trek back to his house everyday. But by far, the most inspiring part is why this 19-year-old works so hard.
Taylor had been working to help out his sick mom and save up for college.
Because of this, he hadn’t been able to pull together enough money for a car to get him to his job everyday, but that didn’t stop him from getting to his $11.90-an-hour job.
Out of pride, he walked to his job everyday, regardless of his co-workers and older siblings offering him a ride to work.
Well, at least that’s how he used to get to his job.
When his co-workers found out the truth about his situation, they pulled together to do something amazing.
As fate would have it, a fellow UPS co-worker planning on retiring had a Cherokee Jeep that wasn’t being used. The team at the UPS pulled together a donation to give the retiring worker in return for giving the Jeep’s keys to the above average teenager.
Over time, the team was able to raise $1,100 for the Jeep, and on February 22, they held a staff meeting that changed his life forever. Derrick Taylor was in tears as he was told that he wasn’t going to have walk to work any longer.
J.D Ward, his safety supervisor, then presented the keys to the Alabama teen. Derrick was touched by the offer and took the keys with tears in his eyes. Derrick said that he was insanely grateful for all of this, and wanted to go around to shake everyone’s hand.
In addition to this, his co-workers also gave him $300 to assist him with his troubles. He also plans to move up in the ranks at his UPS as his goal is to get a degree in business and music. He also strives to become a driver so that he can fund his goals, but there’s no doubt that he won’t accomplish this with his amazing work ethic.
Derrick now enjoys the extra hours of sleep, but even after all of this, Derrick is still focused on his mother as he remarked that he likes the ability to drive his mother places more than anything.