It didn’t happen overnight

Posted April 11, 2018 at 4:50 pm

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By Brendan Uhl

“So you just up and decided to walk in and ask to write a column?” Well, sort of. On the surface, of course, I did. There was indeed a moment when I decided to walk into the Hometowner office and pitch my potential column. They seemed surprised; and to be honest, I walked out of there a bit surprised myself.

How did I get to the point where I’d walk into an office I’d never been in, armed with this wild idea to write a hybrid column that would land somewhere between Dear Abby and my bedside journal? Where did I get the audacity to think I could do such a thing?

After a bit of reflection, I traced it back to an October day two-and-a-half years ago. I was working as a pipe layer and had been assigned “pump watch” duty for the day. Just as it sounds; watch the pumps, make sure they don’t run out of gas. That’s it. Oh, and if they get clogged, clean them out. 12 hours.

The boredom was soul-suffocating. And so was the smell coming from the sewage pumps, to be honest. I knew then that I needed something more. The money was good, but something was missing. So I reached out to a friend who works as a professional business coach. If anyone could help, it was him.

Looking back I think I was probably fishing for a job offer, or a step-by-step plan out of that situation, but his answer came in the form of a question. The question was this: “Well, what do you want?”

I had no answer. I’d never really been asked that question, and certainly hadn’t asked it of myself. That question rattled around in my head for months without an answer.

It was frustrating at first, but over the course of a couple years, things started to take shape. I read a few books, and eventually started to take action.

It all goes back to being asked that question. It was the beginning of a new period of my life, and it’s been an incredibly journey.

Tony Robbins, likely the most famous success coach in the world, puts it something like this: “We frame our experience by the questions we ask ourselves.”

So I leave you with this: What is it that you want? Is there something left undone? Is there that thing you always said you were going to do, but never got around to it?

It’s never too late to start again. To reinvent ourselves. To ask for something more. We get one shot at this thing, and I hope we all make the best of it.

Until next time…

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