I got huge kicks from swimming a couple of days ago. Walking out in -22 degree weather with only trunks on. Then dip into the water. The air doesn’t feel that cold afterwards. But all of the hair will literally freeze. When you do that a couple of times the feeling is magnificent. There’s some clarity in life again.
But it’s not that different from other things. Besides the health benefits. In this kind of activity it’s all about the endorphins and adrenaline. After a while you need more and more. Same with skydiving or cliff climbing. At first only jumping out of the plane is insane. But then you come across a need to push yourself to the limits again. Same thing in cliff climbing. First it’s top roping. Then you lead. Then maybe bouldering and high-ball bouldering or even soloing. There is no end.
Take this concept to the working environment. People that need kicks get bored easily. You need to challenge yourself on a regular basis. But the challenges need to be set up so that you can actually overcome them. Constant failure doesn’t do you any favors.
You spend a lot of time at work. It might as well give you the kicks. Jump and go forward. If you don’t you’ll wake up in ten years from now and think why didn’t you. Challenge yourself as it’s the only way of enjoying work. It’s also the only way to keep learning and moving forward. To be happy you can’t just keep up. You must get ahead. No one else will do that for you.Tweet