It was almost 9 years ago. I was on my way home after a long day. While on a Subway platform waiting for my train, about ten feet away, I saw a gentleman in a blue jacket and decided to talk to him. I didn't know how to start the conversation. I simply went: “Nice Jacket!”
That little sentence has lead to 9 years of great friendship with Paul my business partner. We have been through a lot together. I remember him helping me register my first business. I was so excited that day that I couldn't contain my joy. I looked Paul in the eyes and said: “Just watch. We are going to change the world”. After these many years, I don't think we have changed the world yet. Just the other day, I was laughing with Paul saying that before changing the world, our job has been to change...us. Lol
With all we have been through together, one story is still stuck in my mind. It was in 2004, and there was nothing to show for after months of hard work. Paul, being a huge soccer fan (and average player lol) got a job offer as a manager of a soccer club. That was one of his dream jobs at the time. He successfully passed the interview and was offered the position. To my surprise, he decided not to take the job. I was stunned. How could he let this opportunity pass by? Do you know why he decided not to take the job? Well, it was because of the vision we had together. Can you believe that!!! He gave up his dream job to work with me while I had nothing.
I can go on and on with hundreds of stories. But I will just share this one:
We had a presentation this last Tuesday evening. Paul and I met on Monday evening so that he could help me rehearse my presentation before sharing it with our guests on Tuesday. I had something in mind, but Paul thought it was not enough. He challenged me go dig deeper into my stories and share them in a way that I had never shared before. It took me a while to get his point, but once I got it I was ready to share stories that I had never shared with anyone.
Among the people who attended our event were some close friends. They were shocked to hear what happened in my life these last years. I was able to connect more with the audience by opening up and sharing what I had been hiding for years. It was not an easy thing to do, but I am learning to do it more, thanks to Paul.
He is really a true friend. I will never take him for granted. I hope you won't take your friends for granted. Take time to appreciate them, above all, let them know what they mean to you. Cherish them while they are still around. They are a treasure which can be hard to find.
Thanks so much Paul for all you have done for me.
Always a pleasure