Question of success, failure

Ice blue eyes peered at me through wire-rim glasses. His face was well-worn, etched by weather and wisdom. His smile was wide and reassuring. I was having a job interview at the nicest restaurant in town. I sank into the red brocade upholstered chair. I gripped the dark wooden arms. The even richer red carpet absorbed the sound of the other guests, chatting and diving into their lunch. We finished the small talk.  He leaned in and asked if I knew the difference between success and failure in a career. That’s a rhetorical question. I sat, tilting my head so he knew I was open to hearing the answer. “Imagine,” he paused and spread his arms wide, “Imagine that you are driving through the mountains. And if at any point, you stop at just the right place on a curve and get out of your car, and you look ahead, what do you see?” “I-I guess I’d see ditch or a wall of mountain.” “Yes,” he nodded, “You would not see more road just because of the curve. And what if you looked behind you? Again, you would not see more road.  And if you look above or below you, there really is no place to go.  Below, you land in a river. Above, well, simply the car won’t drive up the mountain face.” “But if you get back into your car and start driving, as you move forward, more road will unfold.  And more road will unfold.” “This is like life, like your career, you just have to keep moving forward to see what lies ahead, what unfolds. If you can remember and apply this, we can work together.” And thus began a career that spanned decades and opened my eyes to an entirely new way of thinking
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Myrna Selzler
Bodacious Artisan Foods Inc.
BABz Burgerz and Breadz
p: (250) 861-9303 toll-free (888) 720-2745
e: myrna@buybabz.com
West Kelowna
British Columbia, Canada
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