choose one chair

By November 20, 2012Leadership

Let me say this on the front end: I am not a fan of opera.  Music, that is.  I actually like Opera the browser, but that’s not the point.  This story is about Luciano Pavarotti.

Pavarotti is known as one of the best tenors of the modern era.  Opera lovers (and guys like me) would readily acknowledge he had a clean, pure voice.

At a pivotal point in his life, Pavarotti was trying to decide between pursuing a singing career or taking the safe route and becoming a teacher.  He approached his father for advice.  His father, a baker and amateur tenor himself, understood the young man’s tension.  He told Pavarotti he was trying to sit in two chairs — the chair of singing and the chair of teaching.  Then he said something that stuck with Pavarotti for the rest of his life:

“Luciano, if you try to sit on two chairs, you will fall between them. For life, you must choose one chair.”

How often do we try to sit in two chairs at the same time?

Have you chosen your chair?