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It had been a long night. The plane was delayed and delayed some more. The awaiting passengers were tired and the ground crew was weary of answering questions and rerouting. The rest of the airport was dark, we were the last gate in action. Finally the door opened and we were “ready to board.”

Then the gate attendant got on the microphone with the energy and excitement of an announcer at Camden Yards. And then the magic. Turns out one of the weary passengers was an agent looking for voice-over talent. He handed our cheerful gate attendant his card. The cheerful gate attendant was overwhelmed. He stopped everything for a moment, looked at me and said, “I have been doing everything I can to get into the recording industry, including announcing like this for years hoping to get discovered.” I can’t believe it finally worked. Amen.

Energetic pursuits do pay off. You never know when your dream gates will open.

Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders resolve workplace ambiguity and chaos, so that they can drive innovation, productivity and revenue without burning out employees. She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

3 Comments

  1. Steve Borek

    You’ve got to have fun, in whatever you’re doing. If you’re not totally jazzed about “it,” everyone knows. You can’t fake fun.

    The agent saw the gate attendant was authentic.

  2. Nancy

    Karin – I love this story! I believe stay focus and committed to what you desire, work hard and smart and opportunities will be presented to you.
    What a great way to start the day, thank you!

  3. Larry

    Great story. I suspect that gate attendant brought it all, even if he was tired, frustrated, and not having much fun at the moment – because that is what he believed to be the right thing to do.

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