So, I have taken up whitewater kayaking, building a small business and watching my sons mature and leave our home. Some are saying that I am going through some kind of a phase trying to replace space that my kids took up on a very active basis. I prefer to think that I am looking for challenges where I can test my education, life experience and character.
I am enjoying being turned on to new podcasts, business books and other materials that, if I am truthful with myself, I neglected while I was in the season of my life where “maintaining course” and keeping the family “off the rocks” was my focus. What I think I like most about the individuals that I am reading about or listening to in my books, is that they are people who are active participants in creating change through challenging themselves either in the political, business, sports or life arenas.
There are so many approaches that people have taken as they set out on their paths to success and adventure. Some people love jumping in quickly and taking on the risks and the bruises that come with the “devil may care” attitude. Other successful people are very deliberate in how they organize their ventures and activities, leaving little to chance. I am not sure that one approach is better than the other one if all variables were equal such as funding, time to complete, level of complexity, etc. What I am sure of is that history provides examples of where both examples failed and both examples succeeded.
Regardless of if you are the fast to action personality or the more methodical personality the key take away is that you are seeking opportunities to challenge yourself. I am not speaking here of the challenge of trying to make payroll this Friday or the challenge about making it through a negative life experience. The challenge that I am speaking of here is the challenge of developing a better mousetrap, smart phone application or the challenge of designing a private space travel experience for the people of the world to enjoy. These are the challenges that we take on out of a desire to push ourselves, our abilities, our faculties to learn, adjust and press forward.
Without challenges we don’t grow, we don’t aspire and we don’t do our part to move the world forward. If you haven’t sought out a personal challenge in some time, I encourage you to find something that both interests you and would provide you with a struggle to overcome or a complex skill to learn. When you set about searching for your own challenge, you don’t need to make it something that will change the world, but it needs to stimulate your mind and body and better yet, your soul as well.
Write me and let me know what challenge you are taking on and if it is kayaking, maybe I will see you on the river.
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