What should I do next? That’s what I was thinking after I graduated from college.

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I finished in four years. I didn’t think that would happen. But it did.

I read about 17 books during the summer. I didn’t think I could do that, but I did.

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Now what?

I was working at a Gold’s Gym. I enjoyed it. I was the manager. No wait, the assistant manager. Wait, who knows what I was. I had a title but so did someone else. As the days progressed, I knew it was time for a change. But what?

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I thought about graduate school. But I was tired and not interested.

My answer was given to me. But from an unlikely source. It came from one of the members at the gym. I feel terrible that I can’t remember his name. I’m sorry. But he asked me one question.

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Guy: What is it that you want to do?

Me: I don’t know.

Guy: Let’s get some coffee together so we can talk.

Me: Okay sounds good, thanks.

One question. One invite. One acceptance.

BOOM. My life was changed. But I didn’t immediately know it.

Eventually, I would. I would learn the importance of accepting invitations no matter how small or insignificant they may have appeared. I could have said “No” thinking that is was a waste of time. But I didn’t. Thank you, Lord.

This man introduced me to the world of Pharmaceutical Sales. Pharma what? But I would soon learn. I would leave Gold’s Gym in a few months and begin a great career with Pfizer Inc. I went from selling gym memberships to selling billion dollar products. I never thought I could do that. But praise God I could and I did.

I needed help along the way. God was with me. Family assisted me (like buying a new kitchen table for my apartment). Others like this guy helped me. And I helped myself by saying “Yes”. I kept an open mind.

The moral of the story?

  1. Accept that invitation. It may be the answer to your prayers. It may open a door you haven’t considered.
  2. You will need help along the way. Take it. Put pride aside and tell your ego to go.
  3. Look for opportunities to reciprocate the same to others. Maybe you are the one who needs to invite someone for coffee, make a book recommendation, or something else. There’s enough to go around so we all can be winners.
  4. Walk through that door. It will lead to greater things.

Do you have a story similar to this? I would love to hear it.

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