Did you ever wake up feeling that you need to change something in your life? What would you do if you only have 3 months left to live? Isn’t it that we hear it over and over again that we should live every day like it’s our last day? Some people like routine. It gives them confidence. I hate routine. Gives me the feeling of standing still. In Switzerland I did my 6-month internship in Social Media hoping to figure out during this time what I really want to do with my life.
Little background here: I did my Bachelor in Business Administration within an international program in Switzerland. Before studying business, I did 1 year at the university of Arts. I actually don’t really remember why I stopped, maybe because I thought it is time to study something ’serious‘ at that time. I guess I was never good in just deciding for one thing and then sticking to it. I felt awkward because my mind literally changed from day to day. One day I was convinced being a full-time blogger is my destination while on the next day I thought: stop dreaming! Just get a real job in Switzerland. It is safe and at least, all of my family and friends are here right?! Then there was still this little thought in my head which wants to see the world and work in a foreign country. I mean what is stopping me? Besides all the limits and barriers in my head? At this point, I knew what to do.
In my bag, I had a book about Google, Girlboss, How to kill a mockingbird, Thus Spoke Zarathustra and Secrets of Silicon Valley; a quite balanced variety of books I always wanted to read but never took the time for it.
I think it was in my second week in the States where I traveled up to San Francisco and stayed there at a small but comfy AirBnB room in Menlo Park. It was Sunday when I arrived and the village was empty as the beach walk in Honolulu when there was an NFL game going on and all the peeps were conquering the numerous pubs lining up there. I googled for a breakfast cafe near by and picked the first one that looked more or less acceptable and was close by. I ordered a yogurt cup with chia seeds and fresh blueberries, a fresh pressed orange juice and a Maca smoothie, which was urgently needed after the last 3 days living of sourdough bread, hummus and dried fruits.
Super excited about my proper breakfast, I walked to the back of the cafe and started eating and reading my Google book.
Due to the non-presence of other people at the cafe it took me less than 20 seconds to see the 3 other people sitting in the cafe. There was a couple sitting at the window and a man at the table next to me. It took me another 20 seconds to recognize that the man sitting next to me was TIM COOK.
I am not really into stalking celebraties nor am I interested about their lives in hollywood but when do you get the chance to see Mr. Cook on a random sunday in a random cafe?
Thousands of thoughts were running through my head and I could hear Siri saying to me: „Sorry I can not understand what you mean.“ Since reading the google book and many others books about inspirational leaders and the tech industry in Silicon Valley, I have to admit that I could not let go of the thought of working for a pioneer company such as Apple or Google. Could there be a better chance getting you closer to your dream than having the CEO of such a company sitting next to you?As it is with most situations. They pass by too fast and just when they are gone the most intelligent and sophisticated sentences come to your mind. As for me, I just enjoyed the moment and was happy as it was. Call me a coward or foolish. On the other hand, what do you say at this moment to a complete stranger?
„Hey, Mr. Cook, I think I would be a perfect fit four your company. I totally identify myself with the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit and mentality of Apple and I wish I could work for a company like yours once.“
Maybe I got a little too enthusiastic and influenced while reading all these empowering books. They give you the feeling that everything is possible and that you should think and dream outside the box in order to reach the unreachable. Maybe we need to do outstanding things we never did before so we can see results we’ve never seen before.
With these words in my head, I went back to my Airbnb, couldn’t help myself thinking.
I screwed. There was this unusual situation that required an unusual action. And I was not creative, entrepreneurial or brave enough to make something out of it.
Good thing I believe in second chances.