A couple of days ago someone asked me why I’d started my own business (along with Edward, of course). The answer was simple, I said. I didn’t want to look back on my life one day and ask myself, ‘What if’?
So, I did the entrepreneurial thing and it was good. But, I had had other aspirations that had gone unheeded. One was to perform stand-up comedy.
For one reason or another, I’d always found an excuse not to do it. Then, one day, I met a guy named Sandeep Manchanda at a CEO of the year dinner function. Sandeep turned out to be a Fortune 500 CIO and stand-up comedian. How bizarre, I thought.
Sandeep told me he’d trained at the Comedy Instiutute in New York and was now tying-in stand-up gigs with his business trips. How cool, I thought.
But, I filed it away with my other dreams and didn’t act upon it. Until last week, that is. That’s when I made my comedy debut at Stand-up New York and loved every second of it. And, they actually asked me to perform again, so I couldn’t have been that bad.
Now that I’ve performed stand-up comedy, I next want to take acting lessons and climb Vermont’s highest mountain with Chris "Repman, Jr." Cody.
Success in business is great (and is predicated upon teamwork). But, sometimes it’s important to focus on the ‘brand of you’ as well. It’s an amazing and rewarding experience to push oneself and do the things that, deep down, one’s always aspired to do. It also does wonders for the ego and ain’t bad for the image and reputation either.
So, if there’s a comedian, actor or mountain climber in you, give it a shot. After all, you don’t want to be sitting in a rocking chair many years from now wondering, ‘What if’?