Thanks BBC and Erika Sunnegardh!

I had an opportunity to be on the BBC and ask questions to Erika Sunnegardh. What a pleasure. The BBC has a feature called “Have Your Say”, where people send in emails from around the world and get to speak live, with their guest, who was Erika Sunnegardh. The topic was Waiting for Success-What did you do before landing your dream job? As you know from reading here, Erika was an over night success at the Metropolitan Opera, on this past Saturday…After 20 years of struggling as a waitress.

In my question to Erika I referenced Maryanne Williamson’s powerful poetry and in particular one of her famous lines of “Your playing small does not serve the world.”

My question was then “What helped you get through the toughest times?” She said that listening and reading messages like Maryanne Williamson certainly helped.

She went on to say that she feels that most people know in their “gut” what their gift is and then it becomes a question as to whether or not we will pay the price to achieve our gift. Erika Sunnegardh is a very hard working and inspirational woman and I would encourage you to visit her website and read more about her journey! I love to speak and listen to high achievers and would like to thank the BBC once again for this great opportunity!

Steve Mertz
I Have My Dream Job!

Here are the quotes from the BBC Your dream job?
We then moved on to the story of Erika Sunnegardh, who realised her dream to sing for the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

She started singing opera 18 months ago. What would be your dream job?

Steve Mertz joined us from Denver Colorado and had this question for Erika: “When you were having some of your toughest times, what helped you get through those lows?”

She said: “The goal was to get to a point where I could sing for a living, but I have been singing all along.”

“It is important to enjoy your success today,” she said and not worry about what success might come in the future.

Andrew Truscott sent us this text message: Anu Anand of the BBC

I would choose to be the bass player with the rolling stones, the greatest rock band in the world.

Steve asked: “If a listener is out there really struggling to find their gift, what would you say to them?”

Erica said a lot of people know what they should do but didn’t listen to their gut. She said that people kept their art on their side, but she urged people to go for it and not take no for an answer.

Steve was an investment advisor for 15 years, but retired to become a motivational speaker. It is his dream job. And he writes the blog, In Cash Flow We Trust, where he mentioned Erika and joining us.

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3 Responses to “Thanks BBC and Erika Sunnegardh!”

  1. jim says:

    I listen to “World Have Your Say” on the BBC News via NPR and I enjoy it, too bad I missed the one you were on?

  2. Steve Mertz says:

    Hi Jim-this was my first intrduction to the BBC show. They literally called me this morning at 11am my time and said you will be talking to Erika at 12:30-have some questions! It was great fun talking to a top performer!

  3. Wayne Hurlbert says:

    Hi Jim. It’s always wonderful when a dream of a lifetime is fulfilled. It’s great to hear that you were able to achieve that memorable moment. Here’s to more great BBC appearances.

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