I was out on my mountain bike for a quick ride on the weekend. I only had a brief window of opportunity so didn’t get further than about 10km from home. But I managed to find some trails I could ride without knowing where I was going. Sure I knew the area I was in but as I hadn’t ridden those exact trails before I didn’t know what was around each corner. It gave me a real sense of exhilaration. My mind was taken out of that place where I knew exactly what to expect.

But in life, I know I don’t always look for the new trails. When was the last time you were in a place where you didn’t know what to expect? We feel comfortable with the familiar, it’s safe.

We live so much of our lives constrained within expectations – that others have of us, or that we have of ourselves. There is a pressure to follow the conventional path.

Think of successful people you admire. For me the list includes Richard Branson, Nelson Mandela, Elon Musk and Steve Jobs. I love their attitude, individuality but mostly, the belief they have in their vision – despite the doubters.

Stepping into the unknown and taking a big risk can give us our greatest reward. Fourteen years ago I moved to Canberra and bought into a business after knowing my future business partner for a total of two hours. It might sound crazy but it turned out to be the best decision of my career.

Posted by Dave Rae


One Comment

  1. Fantastic post Dave, love the honesty and directness.



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