By: Monica Boeger
Have you ever rushed by that subway saxophone player thinking, “Ugh, you’re in my way”? Do you ever roll down your window and say hello to the woman on the street corner who asks for money? Do you know anything about that man you rode the elevator with when you purposely pulled out your phone to seem busy?
What if someone told you that the saxophone player in your way graduated from Julliard and plays to bring happiness to others before he heads off to scout your class for the next generation of performers? What if that woman on the corner works the night shift as a doctor and donates all the money she collects to the children’s hospital? What if the elevator man you ignored was a Creative Director currently looking to hire the perfect candidate for your dream job?
Whether you’re a jazz musician, a studying nurse, or wanting to grow your design career, everyone benefits from saying “Hello.” It’s the people you meet and the risks you take that can open doors to endless opportunities.
Life is all about making connections. Emotional connections with other people, soulful connections between consumers and brands, internal connections within your thoughts and passions… all types of connections will weave you through a world of opportunities you otherwise wouldn’t know existed.
In order to name your future, be curious, go out of your way to talk to people, and be nice to everyone. You never know where it will lead you. What would happen if you said hello – you’d be 20 seconds late? Or would you possibly make a connection that could change the next 20 years of your life?
The next time you see that subway musician, ask him where he learned to play. Tell the lady on the corner you admire her persistence and ask about her story. And please, leave your phone in your pocket and introduce yourself to the elevator man.
It all starts with saying hello. Don’t wish you would have.
(A reflection on what I took away from Keynote Speaker Stanley Hainsworth, chief creative officer at Tether and former creative director of Nike, Lego, and Starbucks).
About the Author: Monica is a Senior Designer at Fruition, a digital agency in Denver, Colorado. Monica has over eight years of professional experience in the Graphic Design and Marketing industry. Previously, she worked as Art Director in New York City where she developed and oversaw the creative direction of digital and print campaigns for high profile clients and music artists in the Entertainment industry.