Are you prepared to do the work, or are you just a dreamer? | Sue-Ellen Watts | No Plan B
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Are you prepared to do the work, or are you just a dreamer?

One of my favourite parts of travelling, other than the local cuisine, is the people I meet, and there is no better way to meet new people than by travelling on your own.  As an extrovert, I get my energy from others so being a regular solo traveller means I need to connect with strangers.  There is actually nothing better than striking up a conversation with someone you may otherwise never have talked to in your everyday life.

I have many stories to tell of the interesting people I have met throughout my travels and adventures which have taught me so much about life.  You have read about my Argentinian Surf Instructor who taught me about happiness  This blog is about a very well-dressed restaurant manager I met in New York who is originally from Switzerland.  However, this guy turned out to be much more than the guy who just served me lunch.  Not only was he beautifully dressed and beautifully spoken he also is a qualified pastry chef (he showed me pictures of the most amazing desserts he has made) he is now also a music producer, songwriter and musician in training.

What sparked my interest immediately was his passion for music but more so his commitment to pursuing his passion, no matter how long it may take or how much it may cost in delayed return.  He was working around the clock earning money from his hospitality job whilst producing music late into the night and undertaking piano lessons, as well as his commitment to reading, health and his family.  He is a millennial with a dream and prepared to do the work to make it a reality.  Inspiring!

I first met him back in February and was lucky enough to catch up again during my recent trip to NYC.  He had just returned from a week home with his family in Geneva and whilst on holidays he quit his hospitality job in NYC.  He didn’t have a plan b or a backup but knew it wasn’t the right job for him and if he backed himself the right job would come along at the right time. He just needed to create the space for that to happen so that is what he did. I love his courage and self-belief.

He also shared with me books his sister had sent him and her lessons to him about how small our problems really are in the scheme of the world.  He talked fondly of his father who doesn’t need to work and could live anywhere but has chosen to live in one of the most dangerous countries in the world to help disadvantaged children.  Obviously, this guy has had some inspiring family members to learn from.

This is a person who has gone to NYC to achieve his dream.  But he is not a dreamer.  He is a doer.  He is committed to do what it takes to make it happen, even though his dream career is a tough one.  Some would say a career in music or the arts is too hard, not realistic.  However I have no doubt that he will make it.  How can he not?  Ultimately most of us can have the dream, the problem is not how realistic it is, it is how prepared we are to do the work and keep persevering every day.  He is one of the few that is prepared to do what it takes and I look forward to seeing his name up in lights in the near future.

Regardless I walked away from our catch up seeing my dreams in a different light.  There are goals I desperately want to achieve that I sometimes struggle to believe I can do.  Because of him I am now looking at my goals as achievable…as long as I am prepared to do the work.  Which I have decided I am!

I am so grateful to have met this amazing guy and for the inspiration he left with me.  The Swiss waiter who taught me about commitment.