I was in a coaching session the other day and part of the conversation involved planning for a team development event. We were exploring how we might engage the team in sharing something of themselves during the event, and one idea was to ask each team member to talk about their favourite book.
We ended up sharing what our favourite books are. He mentioned his favourite book was Jupiter’s Travels by Ted Simon. How a man gave up a safe career in the 70’s, got Triumph Motorcycles to sponsor him (they were a global force in MC at the time!), and went round the world. The book is all about the places he went, but more importantly the people he met. Many he met said things like ‘I’d love to be able to do that, but I have family/work/domestic/financial commitments?¦’
This immediately made me think of a quote that a friend of mine, Kay, has on the bottom of her emails:
There are dreams of love, life and adventure in all us. But we are also sadly filled with reasons why we shouldn’t try. These reasons seem to protect us, but in truth they imprison us. They hold life at a distance. Life will be over sooner than we think. If we have mountains to climb and people to love, now is the time.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross [adapted]
So, what’s holding you back?