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Two Things You’ll Never Learn

Failure

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.
C.S. Lewis

There is a lot of “business speak” out there about this, but it is the truth. Nothing in life will prepare you for success like failure. The cycle goes something like this: Plan. Prep. Launch. Re-work. Repeat. The more experienced the artist, the less time spent in between steps whether the launch was successful or not. But there is no Failure 101 course at Harvard Business School. You can’t learn Failure, you can only endure it and move past it.

 

Adventure

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most people relegate adventure to a pastime of hippies and vagabonds. Not me. Most of what I put into my work, I gleaned from my adventures. Want to know one of the great unsung characteristics in life? The ability to thrive when you don’t know how the story is going to end. (It’s really the only thing I’m good at.) You can watch a YouTube video of a climb of Kilimanjaro and assume you’ve had the experience. But you’d be insane. You can’t learn Adventure, you can only muster the courage to seek it out and let the chips fall where they may.

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My point is this. If you spend all of your time reading books and reading blog posts and talking and researching and learning and none of your time doing, you will never get to either.

So, maybe its time to lean in and start something. And today seems like a good day for it, don’t you think?

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6.27.13

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