Have you ever been behind the scenes of something that appeared so perfect and fluent only to discover that a lot of chaos occurs behind or below the scenes to make that appearance flow? Such was the case for Aaron while visiting the underbelly of a famous museum in London and a gourmet kitchen of a world-renowned chef right near his home.
While on a speaking venue in London, England, Aaron was able to enjoy some amazing views from his hotel room and was able to meet the curator of the Natural History Museum there in London. He was taken into the bowels of the museum where he learned that what is behind the scenes is just as important as what is presented to the public.
Aaron still hasn’t seen any of the actual exhibits of the Natural History Museum, but instead got to go underground and see artifacts, including the opportunity to hold mummified cats, one of which was 3500 years old. This experience below ground showed him that there was a huge wealth of artifacts stored behind the scenes that had nothing to do with what the public sees, yet is taken out little by little to remain in motion with public appeal.
Isn’t that how we tend to present ourselves in business and life? We offer a certain presentation of the best parts of ourselves, yet a lot of the times the realities of the business or relationships don’t get presented in public. It can be chaotic behind the scenes, like a gourmet kitchen while what is presented is calm and elegant to the diners.
It’s so important as an entrepreneur to not get down in the mouth by comparing all of you with the perfect presentation of somebody else. They are NOT the same. Everybody has to go through challenges to achieve success.
“Keep looking up and I’ll keep looking out!” -Aaron Young
Welcome to The Lookout Society Podcast, where Aaron shares a story from his life, then connects it with a business principle to pass on so it can help somebody else going down his or her path as a contributing member to society. As an added bonus he shares wonderful gems of Oregonian knowledge from his home state and weaves the passion he has for the community he lives in as an invitation for others to visit the Pacific Northwest.
LESSON FOR THE DAY
We’re all putting on a great show up front and have challenges we are facing behind the scenes. There are a bunch of people behind the scenes working to make a successful front. You are good enough and worth it.
LINKS MENTIONED ON THE SHOW
- Park Lane Hotel
- Picadilly Circus
- The Green Park, London
- Buckingham Palace
- Natural History Museum
- The Wizard of Oz
- Mother’s Restaurant in Downtown Portland
- Chef Lisa
OTHER INTERESTING LINKS & REFERENCES
Teddy Roosevelt had a lifelong connection with our nation’s Smithsonian and brought in many of the specimens still on display in the National Museum of Natural History, but even more impressive are the behind the scenes storage facilities for DC’s museums.
ABOUT THE SHOW NOTES
Each of The Lookout Society show notes are written by Natalie C. Martin LEARN A LITTLE ABOUT NATALIE:
A life-long learner and unashamed history nerd, Natalie is a certified teacher in secondary education history and English turned stay at home mom. She is the mother of four energetic children all two years apart from 8 to 2 and recently celebrated her 11th wedding anniversary with the only boyfriend she ever had. After the kiddies are put to bed, she writes show notes as she continues to ignite her passion for writing and editing, fact checking and learning to make the world wide web a more educated place. When we learn that more gets accomplished when we replace “can’t” with “can” so many possibilities are opened to us. In the words of Rosie the Riveter, “We can do it!”