January 31st, 2011
Total Distance for today: 31 miles
Total Distance for Tour: approx. 890 miles
LOCATION: Royston, GA
STATUS: Staying with an impromptu host in Royston, GA. Yay! for just in time planning! BTW: Thanks, Shane Cobb, for buying me an apple pie at Burger King today. I didn’t forget. You’re the man!
Leap Before You Look!
Ok, that statement might be a little bit over-eager, but it captures my thinking pretty well right now. A better way to say it would be: “Jump, and your safety net will appear.” Whether you want to be a successful entrepreneur, dater, or person in general, it is absolutely essential for you to understand this concept and apply it correctly.
Don’t get me wrong: I absolutely believe in strategizing and planning for success. But I’ve learned something very important: Action that is strategically targeted toward realizing vision is infinitely more valuable than planning that is strategically targeted toward the same. In other words: Know where you’re going and have an idea how to get there, but don’t get lost in the details. This skate has shown me that trying to make everything align just perfectly: weather, Couchsurfing hosts, my energy levels, skating conditions, blah, blah, blah is a bit like trying to juggle too many slippery objects. Usually, the best thing to do is act strategically, but most importantly, simply act. Put it out there, see what works, adapt, and move on. You have to get your hands dirty, sorry.
One of my mentors, Al Curtis from the Insights Group, has a very interesting saying: “The Devil’s in the details, so stay out of them!” Most people would tell you to focus on the details, since you could get caught with your pants down, if you don’t. Al would probably encourage you to pull your pants back up and keep walking! You can’t move forward if you’re constantly trying to make sure everything is lined up and perfect. Creation, building, and success are pretty messy things. That’s why so few people are committed to doing them.
Want proof? I met my host and arranged for a place to stay tonight about 20 minutes before arriving at her house. This takes guts, but your task is simply this: Jump, and your safety net will appear. It’s the only way to live.