Last week I posted about making sure you open doors when opportunity knocks. The motivation for the post came because I recently answered a knock at my door I was nearly too intimidated to answer. I was provided an invitation to travel and speak to a college class. While this idea excited me and offered a chance to provide education on various topics I am passionate about, it also filled me with doubt and fear. I was traveling eighteen hundred miles (about 2,896 kilometers) to present to a group of students who had life experiences I could never guess and who knew nothing of the challenges I faced. Could we connect? Could I offer them the chance to gain as much as I would from this opportunity?
I heard a knock at the door and nearly let the opportunity pass by. While my message is important and I know nearly everyone can take something away from what I share, I did not know whether it was a message worthy of this type of journey. Then words of wisdom were shared with me, “You would not have been asked if they did not think you were good enough to provide their class with an enriching message.”
I took a breath and answered the door.
Here is the introduction the Life Design class saw on their Facebook page last week regarding my visit:
Tuesday’s guest to class is a very special woman, Tara Fall. Tara suffers from a condition known as prosopagnosia, or “face-blindness.” While her story is certainly about overcoming adversity, it is also an empowering tale of the lessons learned along the way. If you’d like a sneak peak, please watch: http://flashmedia.uiowa.edu/clas/indepart/dlgould/tara.m4v
When this post is scheduled to be published, I will be on my way to their class. If you are a student of the class, thank you for offering me the opportunity to speak to you. If you are a visitor to this blog, I encourage you to answer the knock on your own door. When the opportunity knocks, take hold of it. Do not let fear stand in your way. Carpe articulum… Seize the moment!
I wrote this piece a few days before you are reading it. It is time for me now to board a flight and explore the opportunities waiting for me. If my goal is achieved I will, in the words of the class’s professor, “make the audience laugh, make them cry, but most importantly make them walk away thinking”. I am truly grateful and excited I’ve opened this door. I will post some of the discussion points soon. Carpe articulum.
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