I had the awesome privilege this weekend to chase my dreams by speaking at a conference in Reno, Nevada. I was told by several in the audience that it went well despite some upsetting circumstances.
I flew U.S. Airways from Milwaukee to Reno, with a layover in Phoenix. When I entered the plane to Reno from Phoenix they told me I had to express check my bag because the flight was packed. I have done this several times before so I thought this was no big deal. There were also 50 people behind me so I didn’t have time to properly react.
When I got to Reno I waited by the door where they usually bring the bags that are expressed checked, right away I got nervous when they told me the bag was in baggage claim.
I went down to baggage claim, waited for all the bags and sure enough my bag didn’t come out. I was nervous, upset and scared; all I took out of the bag was my ID and my debit card (praise the Lord for that move).
Still in my bag were all my clothes, especially the ones I was going to wear to speak. My laptop was in there which had the Power Point for my presentation. My wallet was in there with $80.00 in cash and my Passport and all my documents.
Hind sight being 20/20 I should have grabbed the wallet and Passport but such is life. The only person at U.S. Airways with any competence was the woman in baggage claim, she went over and beyond to help me, thank you …………..
She called and found out the bag was still in Phoenix and nether of us could figure out why. The bottom line was I wasn’t getting the bag until 3 pm the next day and I was speaking at 11:30 am. (as a side note, they never delivered the bag the next day either)
Since I had my debit card I had a taxi take me to a 24 hour Wal-Mart and I spent $70 buying decent clothes so I didn’t look like a hobo when I spoke. I got to the hotel at midnight just drained and dejected.
I still had to iron the clothes so by the time I went to bed and woke up; I only got 4 hours of sleep. Despite everything that had happened I had to focus on speaking and making sure I rocked it, this is my dream after all.
The story of what happened made a good opening to the speech and I remembered the material as much as I could. I was told by the conference organizer it went well, and I made some great connections in the audience. All in all it was a good learning experience. At the time though, I was screaming bloody murder.
Here are a few things I learned from this experience:
I’m preaching to the choir so I don’t need to tell you those frustrating, stressful things happen no matter what, but how have you dealt with them in the past? Have you let them defeat you?
If you have been defeated in the past, use it as a learning experience and motivation to push ahead and accomplish everything you dream of in life. After it’s all said and done you’ll look back at it and laugh or use that experience to help others.
What’s one stressful thing that has happened to you as you chase your dreams?