Do you think you are too old for a major adventure in your life? Jack Mackenzie, I’ve known for a number of years now. He is an extremely interesting guy, having skied to the North Pole when he was 78 (a world record at that), at the age of 83, he drove across China. As we were catching up, I asked Jack my favorite question for him; “Where are you off to next?”
Believe it or not, he is off to Timbuktu – a real city in the West African nation of Mali. A little history lesson; Timbuktu was a trading city, and became the intellectual and spiritual capital of West Africa. It was at the end of the camel caravan route that linked sub-Saharan Africa to North Africa and Arabia. Things were great until the Portuguese showed it was easier to sail around the whole area. That, as they say, was the beginning of the end, for Jack, it simply meant another destination.
Jack has a list of goals that have kept him focused his entire life. Life is a collection of experiences. Time is just the measuring stick. Some people are so afraid of dying that they just don’t live. That is one key mistake I see with professionals. They have some really great goals, such as to get an undergrad, then an MBA or CA or LL.B. However, they often stall at that point.
Goals are tremendous focal points; they are energizing and you always need a new set of them. Careers seldom stall when you have a goal, and are able to develop and follow a plan to achieve it. Our coaches can help you with that plan, and guide you along the path to achieving your goals. Don’t wait one more day to make it happen.
This weeks podcast is with a Herman and Candy Zapp. They are a remarkably normal couple, who spent 3 years and 9 months of their lives driving 43,000 miles from Argentina to Alaska in a 1928 Graham-Paige Model 610 Touring car with the top speed of 60 kmh. They have written a best selling book about their journey called Spark your dream.
There are two types of people in this world, those that live in the past and those, like Jack, who are looking forward to going to Timbuktu. You choose.
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On the to Timbuktu, along the road with you!
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