Recap! I just finished a ten-day trip to San Francisco and Portland in the hopes of refreshing my mind and soul. Sounds corny, but it’s awesomely true. I’m now back home in Managua, and this is the fourth (and last) update on my trip so far. Get up to speed:
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Who wants to live a remarkable life?
The trip is over, and I’m back home. Once I got here, I walked into a cold wall of old responsibilities and new projects. There’s no putting it kindly: re-entering reality is not a process — it’s a smack in the face. As space shuttles re-enter Earth’s atmosphere, there is more fire than I care to imagine. As I descended back into Managua, that fire materialized in the form of client calls, incessant requests to catch up, and way too many emails to tend.
My first instinct was to fight back. And fight hard I have.
I’ve scrambled high and low to get my words out to the world. I fell in love with my words during this trip — and I can’t shake the need to just write. I’ve spent way too much time thinking about my own path and usefulness. I’ve pondered the word service and how it snuck its way into my world. These things are all new, and I’m now trying to make my peace with them. They’re both fun and difficult — defining components of things that are worth it.
Now imagine explaining all of this to friends and family.
In few words: If I told you there is better out there, would you believe me?
Would you even want to know?
Now that I’m back home in Managua, there is a lot that I’ve been wanting to share with you — so much that it has taken me a few days to let the ideas and vehement inspiration settle down inside my own head.
Have you ever gone on a retreat — spiritual, religious, or even corporate — and come back completely inspired? Yeah, that’s the point.
Have you ever made that inspiration last longer than a few days? A few weeks if you’re lucky.
And here I am in Managua, trying to make this Silicon Valley and WDS inspiration last me until my next trip. Not an easy feat — but I am intent on maintaining my inspired mindset.
After a few conversations (with one of the coolest guys alive), I’ve come to the conclusion that not everyone is ready to live a remarkable life. Not everyone is ready to be better. Some people are a little bit — or more like a lot — scared of what else is out there.
We all know people who are fearful, don’t we? They sound like this:
- “That’s nuts. Who came up with that horrible idea?”
- “That will never work.”
- “Nobody will ever pay for that.”
- “It’s never been done that way — for a reason.”
- “It’s already been done before.”
But is the current way the only way? Isn’t there innovation and creation happening every second of every day?
I take solace in the fact that, just like there are some people who aren’t interested in becoming better, there are some that definitely are up for the challenge. And a challenge it is!
Keeping the Inspiration Alive — My Action Plan:
- Keep in touch with the meaningful people I met along the way — online and offline.
- Create massive amounts of content to get better and better as I go.
- Focus on gratitude and never give in to comparisons or jealousy.
- Create a community of creative people who are looking to somehow serve others.
- Support those who want to serve because it’s a hard journey and keeping motivation high is key.
Will it be easy? I wish. If I can hang on for dear life, will it be awesome? Hell yes.
There’s a lot of work to be done, especially to build a community of inspiration-keepers and motivating-supporters — online and in Nicaragua. The TEDxManagua event in September will help. (Watch out for my TEDxTalk in a few months.)
There’s work to be done. Are you in?
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Again, a big resounding THANK YOU! to Claro Nicaragua for making this trip possible. It’s incredibly inspiring and enlightening when a company makes bold moves to push for innovation and technological progress.
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