I have had this thing lately and I have no idea where it came from.

Standing in front of the barista at one of the few coffee shops I frequent regularly as a second office, I go for it. I order a Franken Berry Latte. I know, that is so random, but you know what? It totally takes me back to being a kid when I loved (still do) the flavor a bowl of Franken Berry cereal left in the milk.

As I placed my order, the young barista, who is one of the regulars here, seemed to want to get through the cereal dialogue and get to something.

He then asked me point blank for advice on something he wanted to do and for what group of people. He knew I had worked somewhat within the community in which he wanted to work, so I guess he figured I might know something. (I always smile when people think I might know more than I actually do. Maybe I play the part well?)

With a new customer approaching the line, I then felt an immediate pressure to respond with something profound as the other barista carefully concocting my latte, seemed to leaned in for my response as well.

Do you know what you want to do? Do you know why you want to do it? Have you done research to support why there is a need to do it? If it is your passion… own it, blog it, be it.

To be honest, I know quite well the industry in which he wants to work. In it, too often, is a cycle of retread ideas or useless theories that are no longer relevant. People there seem to think that just because they were or have… that they continue to be an expert in their craft. However, what many of them lack is a vision beyond their experience. 

This day and age calls for it.

In this day and age, experience is critical, but look around… there are a lot of people with a lot of experience out of work.

I went on to share with him that if he has a passion about something, put that passion to work by doing some research on that passion and seek to become an authority on the topic. With the countless data available on the internet today, it is all there for the taking. Sadly, many of us don’t have what it takes to be disciplined enough to do our due diligence.

In this new day and age… we also need more people that are not just forwarding other ideas, but are also innovating NEW ideas.

I told the young barista to dive in and begin blogging on the topic, as well. This will give him a channel to further clarify his vision as well as articulate his services. I haven’t told him this yet, but, I also think you need to look around at those you are spending time with. Are you surrounding yourself with people who elevate you? In other words… challenge you, mentor you, debate you, and love on you.

I grabbed my latte and took my seat.

I feel like a kid again with that gigantic cake bowl with milk and the remnants of cereal in it. This was a perfect Franken Berry Latte.

As I continued to sit there, I thought about my experience and what I can do with it.

Hmmm.

What does… vision beyond our experience look like?

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