Last night, to quote Morgan Freeman from the movie, The Bucket List, “I witnessed something truly majestic.” I had the opportunity to watch one of my coworkers (and my friend) do standup comedy in front of a packed house. I must say I was impressed.
The guys name is John, and no I didn’t get his permission to write this. It isn’t necessary since he made it clear during his routine that he hates blogs. There is no way he will read it.
Part of the reason I was so impressed is the fact that John is not a comedian. He is a counselor. Who knew? The guy was funny.
There was an actual comedian present too. A guy off of Comedy Central. He didn’t hold a candle to my friend John.
Don’t get me wrong. John has always been a crazy “life of the party” kind of guy. However, there is a big difference in being funny around the office on occasion and doing live stand up for a half hour in front of a thousand people.
A couple of years ago when John was turning fifty, he decided before he died that he wanted to do stand up at least once. It was on his “Bucket List.” So he drove to Atlanta, walked into a comedy club, and gave it a shot during an open mike night. The rest, as they say, is history . . . at least for John.
But how about for you? What is on your “Bucket List?”
I suspect there are some dreams you have considered, yet never pursued. Perhaps a book, a blog (sorry John), a marathon, a career change, a trip, a language, a degree, an instrument, an expedition?
There is an old saying that says, “If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat.” Some of you have been putting your dream on hold for too long.
Let me challenge you to give it a shot. In the long run, failure to try something will be harder to deal with than failing at what you try.
Believe me, if John can do it so can you . . . But don’t tell him I said that!
What is on your Bucket List?
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.