As I turn half a century, I realize now there are some childhood dreams that I will never achieve. I won’t ever dunk a basketball in an NBA game. I won’t be the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks or hit a game winning home run in the World Series for the Mariners. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I won’t win the Masters or U.S. Open (golf), or win an Olympic Gold medal. Oh well…
Outside of those things, the world is still mine to claim for the taking. Age can either be limiting or exciting. I choose to make it exciting. There are places to go and people to meet; adventures to share with my wife and children; more books to write and speeches to give; and opportunities and open gates to take with a bit more wisdom and perspective than I had at 20, 30, and even 40 years old.
As a new year is dawning for you, whatever age you find yourself, commit to living it “unleashed.” Seek out those open gates that lead to adventure and fun; be bold and fearless in your journey; and above all else, take along people that bring you love and joy. I’ve got my team with me…what about you?!
Finally, I’d like to take this final Monday morning missive to thank all of you that have been a part of my life, whether as family, friends, clients, or readers. My fervent hope for you is that you bolt out of that gate early in 2015; play hard and play for not only yourself but for others; and slide in ahead of the tag a year from now. I will share with you my journey every week. I hope you’ll come along for the ride and share with me, too!
Happy New Year – Feliz Año Nuevo!
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My concept of the “open gate” is that unlike dogs, we as humans often tether ourselves inside our own personal gates and due to our own self-imposed limitations and fears, choose not to risk going through the open gate in front of us. The results include dissatisfaction, low self-esteem, poor leadership, bad morale, inefficiencies, and boredom. Bottom line is you and your business leave money and talent on the table.