The most important question, ever: "WTF?"
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”
I know opening up with a quote isn't always the best idea, but this one in particular has been somewhat of a north star for me.
I love to climb (as you can see from the shameless photo to the right). It's a mental game. It reminds me everyday: you're never getting to the top, if you're not willing to fall. But even then, falling sucks because you think it's some indication that you're not good enough, that you're wrong, or worse, that you should stop trying. However, it's quite the opposite.
In retrospect, it has been the theme of my life. I've changed careers & industries a few times (LinkedIn profile), and each time you encounter huge learning curves, so it's inevitable that you're going to fail at some point. So I had to get used to it.
Changing careers wasn't because I was bored, or feeling unchallenged. Rather, I didn't want to sit on what I call, The Escalator of Life. What do you do on an escalator? You stand there, watch stuff (your life/career) go by, and eventually, without any real risk, you end up somewhere, perhaps not of your exact choosing. But hey, the ride was comfy right?
Then maybe one day, you decide to look around, and you think to yourself, "WTF!?" That's a good thing.
Look, I'm not saying I spring out of bed, crushing mountaintops everyday, quite the opposite. I love my Netflix. What I am saying is this:
Falling doesn't mean failure.
It's how you grow.
It's how you learn to give the right fucks.
So every now and then, stop & ask yourself, "WTF?"
And if you don't believe me, take it from Master Shifu...he knows kung fu.