Conversations With A Taxi Driver

Updated: Aug 20, 2019

“A ship is safe in harbour, but that's not what ships are for.” ― William G.T. Shedd

As I sat down to write to you today a conversation from a few months back came to mind, and as I believe everything happens for a reason I decided that it needed to be shared.

I'd just been to do a little shopping and was on my way home in the back of a taxi, the taxi driver was a chatty sort, very happy and very obviously had the gift of the gab. We got to talking about how long he’d been a taxi driver and was that what he wanted to do for ever.

He looked at me in the rear view mirror and said, “I love houses, I love them”. “Oh, I said, what do you like, do you like to buy them and do them up to sell?” “I love everything about them he replied, I love to buy them, sell them, do them up, I love everything” .

As I was listening to him speak I was watching his body language too, and it was clear that this guy didn’t just love houses, they were his Passion!

After he’d finished speaking I just said “Wow, with that kind of enthusiasm, you should really look into doing some kind of work with houses”. I’d never seem anyone so ‘lit up’ .

Then his whole demeanor changed, “I can’t, he said simply” and got back to the business of driving the cab.

His shoulders slumped, and his face took on a sombre look.

By that point I’d bought into all of his enthusiasm and heck, even I could ‘see’ him in his chosen field.

So I asked him “Why, why can’t you go into the business that you are so obviously made for, you have all the passion, the enthusiasm and from what you’ve told me, you have all the know how and contacts too?”

“I’m too lazy” He replied, “ I just love to have a nap in the afternoons, I’ve done it for months now and it’s become a habit, I love my afternoon naps but really I just know that is when I could be pursuing my dream of working with houses”.

“So, don’t have you naps “ I said

He smiled, and said “ I suppose”.

By that point we were pulling up outside my house and our conversation came to an end. I never did get to find out if he managed to trade his naps for his dream job, but it did get me to thinking.

What are you trading for your dream life?

I think it’s fair to say that the majority of us love an easy life, a comfy, cosy life that doesn’t push us too far from our comfort zones. What I’ve come to realise in my own life and after working with hundreds of clients over the years is that comfort zones don’t get you very far. By their very nature, they keep you stuck!

If we want to make changes in our lives we have to step out of our comfort zones, take action and ‘DO’ something different.

I remember when I first heard someone say, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing, over and over and expecting the same results”. So True!

So what one thing can you trade, so that you can start going about the business of achieving your goals, or making a step towards your dream life? It’s worth a ponder isn’t it?

Till next time …

H x

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