The Two Super Friends

I am not a businessman.

I might have some sales urges. I might have the empathy of my future CEO. But I am a storyteller at the end of the day.

The business I have in mind demands a lot of parts though, and one author-illustrator is not enough. I need a business partner.

When I told my friend this, he immediately volunteered to run the whole works.

He has the skills, the experience, and many of the personal traits I would want in my CEO. And yet when I visualize him in the role, I feel…off.

What the hell? He’s got it all on paper, AND I trust him. I do not know a single other person whom I would even consider. Still I have a feeling it should be someone else.

But I hesitate.

When I discuss the opportunity with him I find myself second guessing these feelings – which actually speaks to his salesmanship ability now that I think about it. But once I am away from his rhetoric, and his emotional appeals, I come to the same conclusion: No.

Strange. I actually know he’d be an exceptional CEO – of something. Just not of this.

Perhaps I am letting my emotions overtake me.

It would actually be quite easy to select him – easier than looking for someone else. And he’s got the qualifications: sales ability, leadership, empathy, understanding of people, vision. Logic says we should shake on it already!

But I have a hunch I must continue looking. Just a hunch.

How could a single hunch outweigh all of that logic? I allowed it to do so.

For the entirety of my college career, I based my actions on logic. I based my decision to go to Temple University on “logic” (and fear). And I don’t regret a single one of these decisions. Not because they were the decisions I should have made, but for all of the lessons I learned during that time. One of which is as follows:

Logic alone is not sufficient. Logic needs a partner in crime – an ally which checks and balances him. A friend which covers for him every area in which he is weak. That partner is emotion.

Micah Markray

May 15th, 2017