Taking chances

There is a popular quote by Henry Ford that says:

“If you think you can do a thing or you think you can’t do a thing, you are right.”

I agree with it; my post today is about thinking you can do something, and doing it. But because I’m not going to talk about me, let me go back in time a bit.

One of the things I like about facebook is how you can get back in touch with people you haven’t seen in a long while (OK, this can sometimes be great and sometimes horrible, but I won’t talk about that now). A couple of months ago, I found (well, my mom did) a friend from elementary school I hadn’t talked to in ~10 years (or more… ouch, that hurts). We were classmates from the 2nd to the 4th grade, and we were completely different in many ways: I was the quiet nerdy girl, and he was the little troublemaker of the class (sorry Guido, we both know this is true). We had a rough start, but we became friends with time, and I missed him when I moved to another town and a new school.

As I said, I found him on facebook a couple of months ago (and now that I’m doing the math, it’s been almost 20 years since the last time I saw Guido. I’m absolutely depressed now. Send some chocolate this way, please). Some of my friends from elementary school/high school are living somewhere else, studying some fancy thing (I guess I belong to that group, don’t I?), so it wasn’t so surprising to find out he is not living in Argentina anymore. He lives in Athens (the real one, that in Greece, not the one in OH), which I found more “exotic”. But the most interesting thing is where is working at. That is the point of my post.

Guido studied tourism, and then moved to Europe. I’m not sure how long did has he been there for, and that isn’t the point. What amazes me is that he is his own boss now. How cool is that? And no, he is not selling lemonade in his front yard. He has his own tourism oriented project: goprotravelling. I’m bad at selling things, so my description of the website won’t be as flattering as I’d like it to be. Just click on that link and see for yourselves. Basically, you can plan your trip, mapping every city, specifying whether you’re driving, flying, etc. and booking hotels everywhere. This site has become a bit of an obsession from the day my mom and I started planning her visit to the US and our trip to Europe (more on this trip to come soon – map included!).

And yet, that is not my favorite part. I mean, yes, the website is cool, it works nicely and I find it really useful. But to me, the best part is that Guido took the risk. That rocks! I’m not as brave as I’d like to be, so it’s hard for me to understand how can someone do this. So I asked him. His answer came right away (I’m guessing he is very proud of this, and really happy as well… as he should be!). He said he wanted to be “the captain of his own ship”. I guess most of us want that; but he’s been brave enough to take the chance and do it. He talked about stepping out of your comfort zone to improve, to go after what you want not matter what. He also said he didn’t give it much though, he made the decision and he was (and remains) confident about it, so he did it. Isn’t this amazing?

I thought you should know this, Guido: I really admire how brave you are.

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