How An Inspirational Quote Changed My Life

I can specifically remember the day my life changed forever.

Six months prior to this life changing day, I had interviewed for two different jobs – on the exact same day. The first interview was with a great company, Stantec, considered to be one of “the” top companies to work for my home town of Edmonton. The second interview was with the Government of Bermuda. Within a week of the interviews, I was absolutely ecstatic to have received an offer from Stantec. I accepted the offer and began what I thought was going to be a long and successful career with them. Six months later I received an offer from the Government of Bermuda.

I was absolutely torn! First, of course, it is common knowledge that if you change jobs too frequently it can make you an undesirable candidate for future positions. I’d only been at Stantec for 6 months – how would this look on the resume of an accountant? Terribly, no doubt. Second, I believed that Stantec was “the” place to work, and if I were to leave the job after only 6 months, surely I would burn my bridges and never be able to return to work there again. Moreover, I contemplated what would happen to my personal life. How could I leave all my friends, family and pets (which at the time consisted of 1 dog, 2 cats, and 20 horses). All to go to a 21 square mile land in the middle of the ocean, and to do what, exactly?

I went to see my acupuncturist for a routine visit. While he treated me, I was harping on about my career conundrum. It was probably obvious from what I was saying that I was going to play it safe and steady and stay home where I thought I belonged. After all, accountants are not risk takers. I realized my acupuncturist didn’t have a lot of sympathy for my situation when he rather forcefully pushed a needle into my leg. Having successfully gotten my undivided attention, he told me to listen carefully and he recited a portion of a Mark Twain quote to me….

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do”

That quote instantly resonated with me. By the time I left his office I made the decision to accept the position in Bermuda. It was a decision that changed my life forever.

Inspiring Change in Your Life

In one moment someone changed my life forever with a simple inspiring quote (and one sharp needle).

Can I inspire change in your life? Every day business coaching inspires business owners to achieve their dreams of success.

Don’t be disappointed by the things you didn’t do and engage a business coach, such as myself, to inspire you and your business and make your dreams come true!

(And best of all, no acupuncture needles are required!)


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