The importance of taking a chance.
Let me tell you a small story.
Hey there! This is Week 13 of my blog series where I keep myself accountable by keeping an online journal of sorts. You can read the beginning of this story — Why I quit my job to study, volunteer and travel.
On a Sunday sometime in November, 2014 I heard a racket in the living room at my old apartment B-001. Little did I know that it was the start of a much bigger shake up that was about to get underway in my life.
One of the roomies, AJ had already left after getting married a few months back. His replacement was going through his own bit of crap in life and had been AWOL from work for a few weeks now and had not paid the rent in 2 months now. That’s when it hit me, maybe getting BG as AJ’s replacement was not such a great idea! That was what the racket was about,the rent payment delays.
AB had his own reasons to be upset. He had just been fired from his job a few weeks back and his shit had hit the fan looong back. It was almost week 5 for him without a job and things did not look good. In a couple of weeks he had decided to pack up and leave. He would be out of the house by December 2014 as well.
We had started off as 4 guys sharing the rent of 3 bedroom apartment. With BG being indisposed, AB leaving in a few weeks and SK (who was married but his wife was in Mumbai while he waited for his Dutch immigration application to fall through) about to leave in a few weeks it dawned on me. I was going to have to foot the rent bill of a big-ass 3 bedroom all by myself if I didn’t find 3 other folks to share the apartment with.
AB and his friends had stayed in the apartment for a few years and calling it messy is a gross understatement. Most people I showed the house to were put off by it or just never got back to me. In due time I realized that I would be better off moving to a smaller place that I would share with just 1 other room mate making it easier logistically for the both of us.
The problem was finding someone. Weeks and weeks of searching to no avail.
As the days rolled by, I still had no luck. Finally I got desperate and posted a request on Facebook groups where people found room mates. To my surprise, in a few days a tall guy with long hair came and inquired about the place. When I first saw him, I was genuinely frightened and was pretty sure he was an axe murderer. I realize now how crazy that might have seemed because over the next few months, we realized that we were extremely compatible.
Our sleep cycles complemented each other which meant that we never ran into each other at home or got in the other’s way. He was clean, dignified and paid his rent on time. He was also the one who started teaching me how to play the guitar when I first began. He even lent me his guitar for a couple of months. We ended up being great friends and pleasant room mates. He even helped kick start my internet consulting firm as some of his friends were my first clients. :)
The only reason I took a chance on him was because I was desperate. It could have gone either ways for me. However, it went well and things worked out.
“When we do something new, we don’t always know how it will end up. But if we never try, we will never know and we will never be pleasantly surprised. Go ahead, take that risk. Remember, what’s the worst that can happen?”
Gary V says that the biggest poison in us is regret. I agree. So, go ahead. Take that chance. It might surprise you.
“If anybody ever did it, you can too.”
What all did I do this week?
- Took someone special out for Dinner and rented a Harley Davidson Iron 883 for a small 150 Kilometers road trip to Shivanasamudra Falls near Mysore
- Continued studying at 8 hours a day. I peaked today at 10 hours. Revision is on-going and more or less on track if you ask me.
- Mango season has ended, so that’s out.
- Continued to build my Internet Consulting Company. I almost have 50 clients now. Yup, the big 50. Onward to 100. No, 100,000.
- Cut down MMA to 4 out of 6 days in a week in a bid to take studies up a notch.
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