Fork In The Road

UnknownLast week I conducted and recorded my first interview with the founder and owner of Hot Numbers Coffee.  I am in the process of editing (with help) before I release it.  One thing for certain is I have a lot to learn about interviewing.  Listening to oneself is always difficult but I also notice how unprofessional I sound and I made loads of mistakes.  Unsurprising I suppose.  Part of me doesn’t want to release it at all but nothing ventured…should be ready in a couple of weeks.

Without giving too much away about the interview it was interesting to hear the journey the founder had been on.  Indeed, a journey of circa 15 years and various experiences all of which culminated 3 years ago when Hot Numbers launched.

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What was interesting was the fact that only now have all the dots of experience lined up which allowed the founder to take the opportunity to do something he always really wanted to do without really knowing it.  When listening I was reminded of the Steve Jobs  Stanford University Address in 2005.  This quote stands out:

“So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”  Steve Jobs June 2005

If you get chance, it’s worth having a read of the full transcript.

Along the way people told the founder it was a bad idea and various challenges got in his way forcing various decisions to be made.  He followed his instinct anyway, knowing what he was doing was right and would indeed be a success.  That takes courage and fortitude.

We all face choices, those forks in the road.  These choices can be very difficult and may deliver uncertainty to ones life for better or worse.  Having self belief and trusting that your choice will work out in the long run is difficult to do.  Sometimes there is an easy option but more times than one would like, its the difficult path which is the right one to take.  Maybe don’t take the job that pays more money, maybe go for experience.  Maybe give your team a pay rise rather than easily manage next years budget.  Maybe take the longer, more conservative path to the summit rather than the steeper, faster and more dangerous route.

Maybe I am being melodramatic but its certainly true choices can be difficult and we all find ourselves with forks in the road at one point or another.  I find myself at one now.  I am trusting I make the right decision.

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