“Ready?” Her boss looked at her over the round glasses. “What is ready?”
Nora looked back with an annoyed frown.
“Well, you know, I thought I would lead one of the smaller projects first, before taking on a project of this size.”
Her boss smiled, looking more like a wise old owl than usual.
“It would be nice, wouldn’t it? If your big goal would sit nicely on top of a stairway, waiting for you to climb there, one step at a time. With enough time on each step to get used to the altitude.”
Nora plucked with her scarf, not knowing what to say.
“The thing is”, her boss continued, “that there is no such thing as being ready. And there is definitely no such thing as an opportunity showing up exactly when you think you are ready. The road to success is not like walking stairs. Some stairs are missing. Sometimes you miss the stair. Actually, it is more like walking in the mist. You only see the first few steps of your journey. The other steps will not be clear until you get there.”
Nora cleared her throat.
“But, what if I… you know, fail?”
“You won’t. You’ll do your best and you will get help when you need it. You see, if you want to wait until the mist clears, you will notice that whatever you are looking for has moved by the time you get there.”
“So, what do I…”
“You start walking and trust that you will find your way. Or, in this case, just take the role I am asking you to take, will you?”