How was your week?
My week was quite eventful. The first printed copy of my book arrived! I must admit that it was a special moment to rip open the box and hold a book that had my own name on it. However, the real special moment came when my two children looked at the book. The pride in their eyes was evident, and I must admit that my eyes teared up.
We did find a few small issues with the print that need to be addressed, but nothing earth-shattering. I expect to have the revised proof in a week or so. I figure why settle for anything less than pure happiness at this stage. Hey?
This week I was inspired by an article written by my friend Glenn Leibowitz. His post was about a defining decision that he made, almost twenty years ago, to crash a recruiting party that was being hosted by a large global firm recruiting for its China office. The firm was recruiting summer interns and full-time associates from the business school he was attending. Glenn had not been formally invited to the party; however, once he heard about the event, he became determined to attend, even though he hadn’t been formally invited. That big decision led to a job offer as a full-time associate at the firm. Twenty years later he is still happily employed by the same firm and living in Taipei with his family.
The main emphasis of Glenn’s article was a call to be bold in chasing what you want. However, I found myself focusing on the defining moment that was the stepping stone to his future. His article got me thinking about my own defining moments and the defining moments that we all experience.
One defining moment for me happened in 1994 at the base of an escalator in our local shopping mall. I ran into my friend and fellow commerce student Steve Pomroy. When I asked him what he planned to do during his upcoming work term, he replied that he planned to start his own business. That piqued my interest, and I followed up with him to learn more. That moment in the shopping mall led to a partnership that exposed me to entrepreneurship, technology, and, most importantly, sales. It also led to a networking opportunity fifteen years later when I decided to make a permanent career move into sales. When I look at where I am presently in my career, I realize that one chance encounter was a defining moment on which a lot has been built.
I believe we all have defining moments like the ones that Glenn and I experienced. I also feel that there is much to learn from reliving these defining career moments and sharing them with others.
Has this email brought your own defining moments to the forefront of your mind?
I would love to hear about them. Feel free to share your experience with me in the comments below.