Do you sometimes feel like you have no idea where you are going? Or if you will even make it there? I have felt a bit out of sorts for the last couple days, Like a fish out of water. Like a man without a country. Like time in a bottle. I am in London this week.
I love to walk and thank goodenss..., for I am here without a car and relying solely upon the underground rail system, lovingly referred to as the Tube. Tonight I made an incorrect assumption by thinking that the Tube ran all night. It wasn't until about 11:30pm when I was told that the train stopped running at 11. I was a little stumped as to how I would get back to my hotel, which was several miles away.
Luckily, I had some good friends that secured a taxi for me but I was still leary and as I left my group, I looked back with some trepidation; I followed a taxi driver around a corner. We made our way to his cab parked on the far side of the building. He sensed my uneasiness and tried to make small talk. In my head, I was screaming, "Dont talk, just drive..." The drive to my hotel seemed lke hours though I know it could not have been more than twenty minutes. However, I had no idea where we were going, if we were even going in the right direction, or if I would make it to my hotel in one piece. He kept driving on the wrong side of the road, for God's sake. ;-)
I, obviously, arrived safe and sound but I jumped out of that cab so quick you would think I had just finished up a really bad date; trying to avoid that horrible kiss good night or awkward moment of truth at your front door. Not that it's ever happened to me... If only that were true.
The best way to avoid a bad date? Don't date, so for the moment I am achieving success on "no bad dates" front.
I am here for a couple reasons...
One - my company's main office is here and it is a good idea for me to be here and work with others that not only want the same thing as I, but have already achieved: success - they have done this in the UK.
Two - I am here for #TRULondon, The Recruiting UnConference that is taking place in London, put together by Bill Boorman and Geoff Webb. Yesterday kicked off three days of conversations and inspiration. This is an amazing concept of casual idea exchange and I am thrilled to be able to participate.
I am drawn to like-minded people. I like that while I am in an unfamiliar town, I am not too far away from what I love: the recruiting industry, the people that make changes in this industry, and friends, new and old. This is my car; I know how to drive it and the streets are familiar. I believe we all want the same thing, to do our jobs better.
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