“Sometimes, the only way to discover who you are and what life you should lead is to do less planning and more living – to burst the double bubble of comfort and convention and just do stuff.”

“Sometimes, the only way to discover who you are and what life you should lead is to do less planning and more living – to burst the double bubble of comfort and convention and just do stuff.”

– Daniel Pink, business author

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When was the last time you watched young children play? Rarely, if ever, have I seen them plan out any activity. They simple leap into most endeavors with enthusiasm and a bit of reckless abandon.

As you observe these events, note the level of joy, pleasure, fulfillment, and happiness occurring before your eyes, and listen to your own inner voice saying, “I want what they’re having.”

Exercise:

Instead of planning and sharpening the saws of life, where would “bursting the double bubble of comfort and convention” make the biggest difference in your professional and personal life?

“Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.”

“Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.”

– Bill Copeland, Australian athlete

Turtles and tortoises are interesting creatures. Below are a few facts:
1. They actually make a sound, even though they do not have vocal chords.
2. Tortoises orbited the moon before astronauts did, in the Soviet space probe Zond 5.
3. They don’t have ears – but can perceive low-pitched sounds.
4. They are nearly as old as the dinosaurs, with examples going back to over 200 million years ago.
5. They can see color and have a preference for red, orange, and yellow.

Exercise:

Take a few moments to look within yourself and discover the wonders of you, to be at ease in your own shell.

If this is a bit challenging, consider requesting such feedback from those close to you.