The answers were varied. Things like:
- Opened over 8 businesses
- Visited Everest Base Camp
- Invited to travel to Antarctica
- Married an amazing women
- Competed in the Olympics
- Crossed a desert
- Danced with the happiest people on earth
- Helped over 1000 people start a business
- Developed a new board game (awesome one called MarketShare)
And many, many other awesome achievements but….
These amazing adventures and successes can tie us to the past. They can chain us to what was.
And more concerning our clients, employers, friends and colleagues want to know not what did you do for me but “What will you do for me today?”
Our successes help us become who we are but you are truly stuck if you aren’t moving on.
One of the greatest challenges as we get older is to keep our brains and bodies active. Moving the body keeps us healthy but moving the mind keeps us alive. It is why crosswords, reading and other mental gymnastics like Bridge and Mahjong are recommended to seniors.
A holiday is great for refreshing us but have you ever noticed how towards the end of a holiday you are looking forward to getting back to real life.
Your challenge should you choose to accept it it to bucket list your development. Create goals that involve new adventures but add a learning or contribution element to that trip or adventure. Yes go see the Taj Mahal but plan to go do something about water quality, cleanliness or poverty at the same time.
Cross a desert but at the same time learn what foods grow in a desert or learn what happens when it rains in the desert. Meet the people who live there and learn how they live. Find out why they have lived where they are for generations and what that does to their education and family commitment.
Go teach someone to read or write. Go learn a new language but then go speak with people who speak that language and learn what matters to them.
To keep moving and growing, you need to keep learning.
To get out of stuck and excel, keep learning.
Today, what will you learn?
Fill your bucket list with lessons and no matter what happens you will fill your life with gratitude and happiness. Break free of any chains and be the future you want to be.
WARNING: It is not easy but it is simple – one day, one lesson, one aha at a time.
To your awesomeness
P.S. Share what you are learning below.