3 Ways Hiking is Like BusinessEven the most social people often enjoy a little alone time. Introvert, extrovert or ‘ambi-vert’ how do you choose to spend those precious hours without responsibility and company? One of the huge bonuses of spending time in nature alone is the opportunity to reflect. In the past I had chosen to spend my one day of a holiday weekend without my boys laying on the dock with a bevy n’ book, interrupted only by cooling dips in the lake to float gazing up at the towering peaks above. It was a luxurious few hours that I fully savoured and did not regret. My son was aghast at my chill vibe. How I could possibly consider having a lakeside nap when there is “SO MUCH TO DO HERE! There’s a dock to jump off of, horseshoes, fishing, trails, canoe …!” With the boys happy to play all day free-ranging with the campsite chickens I was treated to choose how to spend my kid free time. I decided to take the auspicious path not taken, a new trail alone. It wasn’t lost on me the contrast of my memories of blissful relaxation in my comfort zone on our previous visit vs. the sense of accomplishment and hard earned sweat from challenging work. This reminded me of the transformation of my life since I sold my business. What a difference a year can make! One year I was working in the toy industry as I had done for over two decades – sweet comfort. The next year I’m creating a career from scratch – completely demanding with more questions than answers. I made the decision to challenge myself, take the risk, feel the fear and did it anyway. This got me thinking how much a hike is like many of our professional aspirations or even personal ones.
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