I was walking with my family in New York at Christmas time, taking in all the sights and lights along with short breaths of frigid air. From the top of the Empire State building, to the giant piano at FAO Schwartz, to a giant hot fudge sundae at Serendipity – NYC is indeed a magical place to spend the holidays.
One of the most impressive things I saw however, was not a monument, not a landmark, not a broadway show.
It was a man fishing. In Greenwich Village. In a sewer.
He was hunched over a heavy metal grate on the sidewalk, with a twisted bundle of fishing wire wrapped around the raggedy glove on his left hand. He was teasing the line with his right hand. I just had to stop and see what would happen next. I had heard of giant rats and mutant alligators in the NY underground… but can you actually catch fish?
And if you did, would you eat it?!
He called out “Yes!” and started to reel in the line slowly. I watched with morbid curiosity and anticipation. As the end of his line cleared the grate, I could see that it was not a hook on the line, but a small disc-shaped magnet. Attached to the magnet was a large silver ring encrusted with jewels and, uh…something crusty.
Only in New York! Here it was the middle of winter and this guy was fishing for BLING with a magnet!! I chuckled to myself as I admired his spirit. Maybe he was desperate for money, maybe it was just a hobby… but it was a fact that he was finding opportunity in a place that no one else was willing to look.
Are you looking in EVERY nook and cranny for your next opportunity? Are you willing to do some dirty work to find it?