Last week, I was asked to speak about success to a group of mostly 20-30 year olds. They belong to JCI Wonderful Copenhagen, a chapter of the worldwide JCI organization. I’d never been to Denmark, and I love young people (not as crabby and cynical as old farts.) And I was inspired by the mission of the group and their slogan…Be Better.
So, I said, “Ja!”
Fortunately, the Danes I met speak English very well. So, as a lazy American, I was rewarded yet again for speaking only one, albeit a common, language. Also fortunately, I didn’t study up on characteristics of Danish people. Because according to a few of the delightful people I met, Danes have a reputation of being a bit reticent and not very outgoing. Tværtimod, everyone I met was friendly and kind and welcoming!
I arrived a couple days early, so I could discover Copenhagen. The weather was lovely! Crisp, breezy blue skies and mixed gray days. Perfect for October. It’s an approachable city. Not too big, yet full of old world charm and stunning modern architecture. Lovely, tall, blond people ride bikes everywhere…51% of all Copenhagen residents use/ride their bikes every day.
I know that because I took a sightseeing boat tour around the harbor city. I love to learn the layout of a new-to-me area and how to get around, as well as interesting facts and history. It’s touristy, but, hey, I am a tourist. It was an honor to also participate in an exclusive tour of Amalienborg, the royal residence. Not many tourists, or locals, have that opportunity and I am grateful to my hosts for the invitation.
I appreciated the art, the architecture and the vibe of the city. Then, off to the JCI event. I presented a program, How to Build a Profitable Business…in a Weekend. The time frame is a game for me because I have so much to share on this, my favorite topic. And, we are just meeting, so I have to establish my credibility, find out a bit about the audience…and lay out relevant, entertaining content…all in an hour. It’s a delicious challenge.
With any adventure, the best organic experience is a result of planning and presence. I know we will be OK if I stay in the moment, sharing from my experience, strength and hope. Still, afterwards, I will criticize myself. I think, “That story worked. This story could have been better. Oh, I wish I had said this…”
Dear, JCI colleagues, thank you for your participation, and your energy. This is what I so want you to remember from our time together: Consider what you really really really want. Honor it. Intend it. And take a step or two in that general direction. Then, expect miracles and serendipitous interventions. From the left, or the right, or out of the clear blue will come something that inch you forward, or worm-hole-quantum-leap you to an even better adventure.
And, move quickly. You are younger than me. However, I was your age about 15 minutes ago. So…go. Here’s a gift for you – and you too dear blog reader. A bonus copy of The Weekend Biz Plan and 9 forms for helping you build your own profitable business in a weekend!
That’s what I wanted to share with you. Thank you for all you shared with me! It was great to learn about your careers and businesses and families. Thanks for sharing your hopes and business ideas, too!
As The Plumber’s Wife, I loved learning about your progressive approach to energy efficiency. 20% of all Copenhagen’s power comes from windmills. A vast central district heating system hydronically warms over 350,000 homes. It uses trash and wood pellets to fuel the boilers! And, you are creating a sea-water dr