“So, what’s the special occasion?”
He inserted the original and started to make a copy.
“Why more keys?”
“I have a new teacher starting at my yoga studio next week.”
“Good for you. I’m a firm believer in owning your own business. I owned 20 different businesses during my career.”
“It’s not easy though.” I shook my head.
It’s not. I’ve been winging it the last six years, trying to figure out this business thing and I keep hitting dead ends and cul-de-sacs.
“No, it’s not, but it’s worth it, to build something that’s yours.”
“So, what’s your advice?”
He put the keys down and turned to me. “Face to face. Building relationships. Networking.”
“Yeah, I suck at the networking thing. I’ve gotta work on that.”
“And the other thing, the most important thing: give them something they can’t find anywhere else…”
He pointed his finger directly at my heart; I could feel his gentle wisdom piercing my unease: “And that, that thing they can’t find anywhere else, is you.”
He smiled like he knew that’s exactly what I needed to hear right in that very moment.
I returned his smile: “What’s your name?”
I reached for his hand and held it for a few seconds.
“I’m Rebecca. Thank you, Steve. Thank you.”
Yesterday, I walked out of Home Depot with a revived confidence and an extra key; a key to a place I’ve built, a place unlike anywhere else. ~Rebecca