The influence of single human beings in my life has been huge. I know exact moments in my life when my life took a major turn or moments that totally changed the way I think about myself and the world. I recently wrote about the stranger and how he one day gave me confidence as he walked out of my shop in the middle of the 90’s
Now I am taking you back to the end of the previous millennium, I worked as a salesman for a major electrical retail company. I was selling those Pentium computers like crazy. The year was 1998 and I still sold an occasional telefax machine. The modem I had at home made sounds and I could not use the phone line at the same time. And a lot of people needed assurance that the gadgets they bought would live past the millennium change.
I had great friends and great co-workers, and I still keep in touch with some of them today. I learned about hard work, effort, and I learned to sell. I learned the importance of planning and training. I learned that loving what you do is important and I learned that having fun at work is essential to success. I loved going to work; I even lived in the house next door. But this is not a story about a job. This is a story about what one day happened at work.
One day I don’t remember when exactly – but as usual we had a lot of gatherings both local and central to learn about new products, be inspired and get to know each other. This was one of these occasions. I think this was a local initiative, but I am not sure. However a former world champion cyclist was hired to inspire us. And I was all ears.
“It is your life, and it is your choice to make it a success – you can do anything if you put your mind to it” “Dare to dream, and dare to follow your dreams” – these are not exact words, but it is as I remember it today.
Listening to someone who sacrificed so much pain to achieve a goal was inspiring. I decided that day that I wanted to follow my dream to become a professional web developer. So I applied to this school that had a “Webmaster”-program. I got accepted moved to another part of Norway, got a new job before the school year was over – the millennium had changed and we all survived it. I had learned new skills and had myself an Adobe Certified Expert diploma and I worked as a webdesigner at what I still consider the best e-commerce company in the world!
If you can inspire other people, do so. You will never know when you reach inside the right person and turn on the right buttons. I learned the joy of inspiration from that one evening. I was truly inspired and dared to have a leap of faith and jumped. It totally changed my life. I have felt what inspiration can do with a person, since then I have tried to inspire co-workers and people along my path. Because who knows, maybe I am the one to catalyze their dreams.