Would You Rather Be…or Become?

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A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor. ~Unknown

Look back on the waters you’ve had to navigate to get where you are.

Surely, you've enjoyed smooth sailing at times.

Chances are you’ve also had to roll up your sleeves and depend on nothing but your business acumen and courage to avoid disaster.

Be honest. Which one made you feel more alive?

After 14 years with Procter & Gamble I decided to start my own company. Moving into uncharted territory required every ounce of  my courage and conviction.

Knowing that success or failure rested solely on my shoulders was both scary and exhilarating.  It was also the best training I have ever received . The skills I learned gave me the confidence I needed to  back my courage.

For me, calm waters are fine for a breather, and after a while I’m ready to take on the next challenge.

What about you? Before you answer, don’t get caught thinking:

  • calm waters = good things are happening
  • rough waters = bad things are happening

It’s a trap. The difference is based on whether the waters you choose to navigate challenge you.

Figure out if you are happiest maintaining the skills you have, or honing the new skills you want.

Once you know that, you at least know which way is North…

When is the last time you really felt alive?