"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."
- Helen Keller
What's the craziest thing you've ever done?
I've done my fair share of insane things to move forward in life, but this goes down as one of the top five craziest things I've ever done.
About five and a half years ago, I was interviewing almost every week for an assistant designer position in the fashion industry. One day, I had the opportunity to interview for what I considered at the time, my dream job.
On my way to the interview, I was waiting for the downtown train to come while holding my 11 by 17-inch design portfolio under my armpit, my wallet in my left hand, and browsing social media on my phone with my right hand.
As the train approached, my wallet and phone dropped out of my hands. My phone balanced on the edge of the platform and I quickly grabbed it, but my wallet slid between the platform and train and was now on the train tracks. Since I was on my way to an interview, I panicked and jumped on the train just in time for the doors to close.
It takes less than two minutes to get to the next train stop, so I had to quickly decide if I was going to leave my wallet on the train tracks and chance someone taking it, or go back uptown and get it, and risk potentially being late to the interview.
I decided to go back uptown and get my wallet. When I got back to the location where I dropped my wallet, I started looking down on the tracks to see if I could locate it. I noticed that people were staring at me, but I was on a mission.
The good news was I found my wallet. The bad news was I didn't know how I was going to get it. "If I call the police to retrieve it, I will surely be late to my interview." I thought to myself.
The next train was coming in three minutes, and I had to be on it.
"Although there are warning signs that say you can be electrocuted, I've seen someone safely jump down on this track before." I thought to myself. "I think I can get my wallet without dying."
There was only one solution on my mind at the time, and I was running out of time. So, I did what you probably won't believe—I put my portfolio down on the platform and jumped down in the tracks with 4-inch heels and a skirt on.
When I got down on the tracks, I was able to grab my wallet, but then I was faced with another challenge—I couldn't get back up and the train was coming. I didn’t know that the tracks were a lot further down than they appeared to be, and I felt like how a tiny puppy probably feels trying to get out a bathtub.
At this point, I had an audience who thought they were about to witness a brutal death. I literally had to pull my body up on the platform with one leg first to get up. Oh, and the train was less than a minute away.
I successfully pulled myself up on the platform, and any fear or nervousness that I had prior to interviewing for my dream job was now completely gone.
Although, I would never advise anyone to do something so dangerous and dumb—yes, I admit it was very simple-minded of me to jump on the train tracks—to be successful in any area of your life, you must take a few risks.
Eric Thomas once said, "When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then will you be successful."
You don't have to go through extreme measures to be successful in any endeavor or even in a relationship, but you do need to step outside your comfort zone—one step at a time. How bad do you want to be successful?
Challenge: Do something positive that makes you uncomfortable. As you do this, your uncomfortable zone will soon become your comfort zone.
(then start all over again)