The Eye magazine (Huddersfield) July 2012 – Flying the nest

Word About Town

By Michelle Hodgson

July 2012

We often talk about children “flying the nest” when they leave home for the first time. Last week I saw a fledgling blue tit make its maiden flight and all I can say is that I hope other people’s kids are more successful in their bid for freedom.

The location was RSPB Old Moor in South Yorkshire and I had been interviewing the site manager for a magazine article. Returning from a tour of the reserve, we saw a tiny head poking out of a nesting box, high up on the wall of the visitor centre.

I pulled out my phone just in time to film the chick flutter wildly, hover in the manner of Wile E. Cyote chasing Road Runner off a cliff – and plummet to the ground.

The site manager went to investigate the crash site and, to my relief, picked up a stunned but unharmed chick. It fluffed itself up and cheeped as if to say: “Let me back at it.” It was gently placed it in a nearby bush where its parents would find it.

A great metaphor for many situations in life. Taking a leap of faith requires courage, but it doesn’t harm to have a helping hand to pick you up if things don’t go as planned. Whether you’re leaving home or starting a new job or venture, there will be times when things go wrong and other times when you’ll be glad you made that leap.

When I started my business a year ago this month, I had been working in the field for many years but I had never run a business before. And it was the middle of a recession. Although if you can make a business work in a recession, you can make it work any time.

I’ll be celebrating the anniversary at our monthly Coffee & Cake Business Network meeting, with colleagues from other local businesses. Whether they work in website design or business coaching, PR or printing, massage or graphology, they all have three things in common. One: they know the importance of networking for business success. Two: they’re partial cake. Three: at some point, they have all made that leap of faith.

View the video of the fledgling chick at:


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