What do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
This probably seems like a strange question to ask considering most of you are already adults (unless your name is Brett Hagberg). Do you remember when we were kids and when people asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up, we had answers that were absolutely amazing. We all wanted to be rockstars, ballerinas, firemen, super heroes, and all sorts of things that seemed completely free of a world based on rules.
When was the last time you thought about what you wanted to be when you grew up? Well I’ve got news for you. IT’S NOT TOO LATE. Yes you heard me. You can still be a ballerina. Just open the phone book, call a dance school and tell them you want to take lessons, or just get on twitter and ask somebody. Want to be a rockstar? Go to your local music shop, buy a guitar and sign up for lessons and then practice for 10,000 hours. We give up far too easily on our childhood dreams because they seem ridiculous or unrealistic when we become adults. Children live life through the lens of the their imagination while adults live the though the lens of knowledge. Knowledge has limits while imagination is unlimited.
A year ago I had this completely insane idea: Live in Costa Rica, surf perfect waves, and write about the experience on my blog. Insane ideas make history. Most ideas are considered insane until they start working. Then they are labeled genius. I’ve got news for you. You’re a freaking GENIUS. As we’ve said before you’re amazing just the way you are. So go down the rabbit hole and don’t worry where you’ll end up. Chances are it will be a hell of alot more interesting than if you keep playing it safe. Remember, your tolerance for risk not only impacts your success but it may very well determine just how interesting your life will be.
Push the Limits
“Learn anything, be anyone and live without limits” was my story according to my recent speech at the eye for travel conference. I have an obsessive personality, the kind that will cause me to leave a country to chase that obsession. Most of my friends say that I don’t have limits and moderation is not part of my vocabulary. Fortunately I’ve found healthier ways to express it. I want you to push your limits far beyond your comfort zone. You know why? Once you do that you’ll set a new bar for your comfort zone. Then you’ll be coming from a different place and a different view will open up to you. Things you haven’t seen before will become apparent to you and you’ll accomplish even more.
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