Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Life in the Fast Lane

This picture has nothing to do with this post whatsoever. But it's pretty cool, right?

I am having a very weird time with life at the moment. I honestly feel like I'm on the same learning level as Mini-Militant right now - I keep discovering new and exciting things that totally rock every paradigm I've built myself of the course of the last three decades. It's like being a toddler again - learning things every second.

I'm excited to get out of bed each day, because I know that I'll go to bed knowing more than I did when I got up. The frustrating thing is being balanced on the knife-edge of actually putting that knowledge to productive use.

And that's really the thing, isn't it? Knowledge is useless unless you use it.

Perhaps the most important thing I've learned is that the catalyst for progress is action. Bold actions are rewarded or punished perhaps no more richly or harshly than patient waiting; but you reach that conclusion a lot faster. It allows you to compress your opportunities into a shorter time frame; and hopefully reap the benefits that much faster.

This week, I am going to embrace the bold. I'll let you know on Friday how it worked out for me.

Why don't you do the same? Do something that takes you out of your comfort zone. Test yourself, and your nerves. You shouldn't be dumb, or reckless - boldness has nothing to do with stupidity or needless danger. But boldness does have something to do with courage, and calculated risk.

Boldness, I have come to believe, is the first step beyond mediocrity - and mediocrity is one personal paradigm I refuse to have any more tolerance for.

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