Moving Forward or Giving Up

You are often tempted to try to stand still. The only problem is, it's not actually possible. You can't just stand still. If you try, you'll get passed by, run over, and end up worse than you were before.

Instead, you have to keep moving, keep taking risks, and keep enjoying the flow.

I was reminded of this when I read an e-mail that reader Phil M. wrote to me about a book he's reading:

"I am reading the book The Speed of Trust" by Stephen M.R. Covey. In chapter 7 page 177 he tells a pithy and important tale about skiing.

"Here's the quote:

"'As a young boy growing up, I used to snow ski every winter. I worked really hard at it and I got better and better every year. I knew I was getting better, not only because I could perform better, but also because I was regularly falling down. That might sound counterintuitive, but I came to realize that if I wasn't falling, I wasn't pushing myself hard enough to improve.

"'At the age of 18 I hit my peak as a skier. That's when I started to become more conservative. I had different motivations. I didn't want to fall anymore. I didn't want to break a leg. So I quit taking risks.'"

What about you? Are you moving forward? Or giving up?

Let's go!

Stephen Sven Hultquist

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