Posted by: Brad Stanford | December 16, 2009


Status quo is a life killer.

If you’re looking for the joy of life, it won’t be in making sure that everything stays the same. We all know that stability is an illusion.

We’ve discovered that there is a nice lake nearby. The playgrounds are good, boat access is good, and it probably won’t be as crowded as other lakes – I have yet to see a plethora of boat and jet ski repair shops like I’ve seen around other lake-supporting communities.

Whenever I think about large bodies of water, I think about all the water accident scenarios I’ve ever heard of.

This world is much like an ocean, pitching rolling, storming, then calmness, followed by pitching, rolling, storming and calmness. “Stability” requires extreme investment in a boat with a sub-cabin on a gimbal that stays level no matter what the boat does.

The problem with artificial stability, though, is that it dulls your natural sea-faring senses. When the boat is being tossed around so much that it’s about to capsize, you won’t get the message. The information telling you to abandon ship is hidden by the false stability. Next thing you know, the entire system is sinking. And it’s a very sudden shock to the system.

But if you’re in a small boat that feels the waves, you feed that extra sense – that gut feeling – and can make better decisions.

Don’t go for keeping circumstances at bay, but for honing your senses. The former is not in your control, the latter is.

And here’s a little secret: you won’t be able to hone your own skills by yourself, in your little bubble. It has to be on-the-job training next to someone who has more sense than you.

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