Today, my inner voice told me to retwist my dreadlocks before I buried myself in my many “errands” online. However, I shrugged off the suggestion. Besides, I don’t have plans until later today, I told myself. I can twist my hair an hour or two before I leave the apartment and I’ll be fine.
Then I got a call from my Harvard Business School Career Coach (I like to call mine my “job search therapist”) telling me that a crew from Nova, a popular news show in the Netherlands and Chile, was on campus and they wanted to interview a student on the recession’s affects on the campus climate, and she thought I would be great for the spot. I had been tapped. And my hair was a mess!
I recently read a post by Marc Andreessen emphasizing the importance of jumping on opportunities that present themselves to you. I recognized this as one of those opportunities and I was not going to let a fuzzy hairline keep me from it!
I jumped in the shower, smoothed down my hair as much as possible, made myself up, and rushed over to the on-campus filming location where I then proceeded to have a mini-asthma attack from running in the cold with a cold. A trip to the bathroom and bottle of water later I was back with the film crew ready for my big moment.
The interview lasted less than four minutes, but I felt on fire the entire time and loved it. It was a great reminder to me that I really do want to be on television, that I will be good at it when I finally get my “big break,” and that it truly works in my favor to tell as many people as possible about what my long-term goals are. If my career coach didn’t know how enthusiastic I would be to be interviewed on my day off of school, she probably would have called someone else.
If I had listened to my intuition which had told me to twist my hair several times, I would have looked even better, would not have had to rush, and would have avoided my mini-asthma attack. I’m just glad that I internalized that post by Marc and didn’t let the fact that I was still in my pajamas at 1:30 keep me from seizing the opportunity.
It was a great way to start my day, and I can’t wait to share my short clip with all of you next week. I’d also like to take credit for finding three other Dutch students (friends of mine on campus) to interview as well, so when you watch the segment, just know that that was me putting my network to work.
If your inner voice is telling you to do something, just do it. The reason will eventually reveal itself, and it’s much better to be obedient than to be sorry.