A daring adventure

Have you noticed the world is changing at a faster speed than ever before? Anyone old enough to drive a car should be able to see this, but if you’re my age then you already have a few years of experience under your belt. You view life with a wider field of vision and the contrast between the past and the present is more easily defined.

There’s some really good stuff about today. Like when I was a teenager, Federal Express was a big deal. Imagine, sending documents clear across the country, and have them arrive the very next day.

Now today, I can send a digital document halfway around the world in milliseconds. With the Internet, the world has truly become our oyster. We can reach out to more people in more places and in more ways than was possible even a few years ago. You now have essentially the same marketing reach as a Fortune 500 company.

In the past kids learned by making mistakes.

Remember this one:

“You’re gonna get burned if you touch that hot stove.”

Oh really? Ouch! Lesson learned.

Over the past 30 years or so, we’ve devolved into a play-it-safe culture. Here’s the problem …

Sometimes you don’t always get ahead in life by playing it safe. Helen Keller is quoted as saying, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

Now this is coming from a woman who couldn’t see anything and couldn’t hear anything for most of her life. I’ve found that the more adversity a person faces, the more willing they are to take on great challenges. Their motto seems to always be …

What’s The Worst That Can Happen?

It’s not that they don’t give a crap. It’s that their lives maybe haven’t been the best. These people adopt the philosophy that there’s nowhere to go but up.

That’s the attitude everyone should have, even if they’re at the top of their game. There’s always room for improvement. You can always do better. You just have to recognize the opportunities that come your way and take the chance. And if you don’t see opportunities, then you create them. You get it?

There’s this story of an old man who’d spent his entire life going from tragedy to tragedy. He was pitied by the townspeople for all the troubles he’d experienced. And while he admitted he’d had plenty of troubles in his long life, 90% of them never really happened. They were simply the imagined “what ifs” that cloud our vision and hold us back — the fears we allow to take hold, that soon develop into little horror shows we play over and over in our heads.

A New Year — A New Attitude

Going forward, start thinking of the possibilities, instead of the problems. Most of the problems we envision in our lives will never become reality, so why dwell on them? Focus on the possibilities and from there you’ll be able to see the opportunities more clearly.

When an opportunity does come along, jump on it. Don’t hesitate. Don’t run a whole bunch of calculations through your head. Don’t do a Ben Franklin close on yourself. If it feels even half right, go for it.

Regretting missed opportunities hurts a lot more than having to back out of an opportunity that wasn’t quite right for you. Even when you’re wrong, you can learn from the experience. But you’ll learn nothing if you let the experience pass you by.

Go and make every day a daring adventure.