What happens to kids as they grow up?
For most kids (us included), they spend the better part of their youth fearless. Think back to 2nd and 3rd grade. Kids don’t have a whole lot of trouble being brutally candid, eager to try new things, willing to suffer the consequences of their losses and ecstatic to revel in their successes. As I speak to this age group on a semi-regular basis in my role as a school board president, I notice that our young friends seem relentless in the pursuit of happiness, regardless of what lies in front of them.
As adults, somehow we become cowards. We over think, we over worry, we care about what others might think, we care about what they might say, or we are scared we might get “found out.” Because of all of this, we often think small. We never do those things that we dream of – writing a book, starting a business, taking a trip around the world, or whatever that “thing” is for you.
I have good friends who just took off to live in Paris for a year. They’ve owned their own business, been highly successful, and have the funds to do it. You might say, “Well Dan, with all of that, what is there to be fearful about?” Plenty. They leave their business, their friends, their family, their comfort, and everything else that they know. They don’t know what’s in store for them when they get there or when they get back. But, they went. And I enjoy following their adventures on their blog.
What about you? Do you think big enough or does fear stop you in your tracks? Why not find a little fountain of youth within you and instead of saying “why,” say “why not me?” Life is short and unpredictable. Every one of us has unfulfilled dreams on our own bucket list. Start today by being a kid and thinking BIG!
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This week’s quote –
“Consult not your fears, but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what is still possible for you to do.”
– Pope John XXII
After I saw your Facebook video post from the Toastmasters Program at Rotary, I looked for you elsewhere on the web and noticed this post. Thanks for acknowledging Brenda and my move to Paris. As so often is the case, we didn’t really set out to do anything extraordinary, but the project seems to have taken on a life of its own. I would be remiss not to acknowledge the many ways that you have been fearless (or at least endured the doubt) to transform your life in business and the community. Keep up the good work and best of luck to you.
Thanks, Hugh! see, that’s what you get when you don’t subscribe to my blog..you miss out! Thanks for all your kind words. I am living vicariously through your blog. You’ve motivated Barb and I to do something similar someday! By the way, I would love to have you send me a blog post on your culinary discoveries in France for my foodie blog – http://TheFoodJefe.com. Send me one and I will post it!