MKE Week 1- BURN THESE SHIPS!

The Master Key Experience begins anew at a very poignant time. I'm happily embarking on a lot of NEW; a lot of UNKNOWN and I choose BOLDNESS as my chief tool along the way. I will CONTRIBUTE. I will CONNECT. I will CONQUER!

I've spent the majority of my life doing the best with what I knew. From late adolescence forward, I knew that the outcome of my life relied to a great extent on fate! However the wind might blow, favoring me or repeling me- I could only hope for the best. Others had more control over outcomes, or at least someone had more control over their outcomes! But me? No,  I was different. I emanate from different beginnings. And therefore, I could only hope for the best. 

In the past year I have changed much. I have become more self-directed and less caught up in polling others to try to decide what was right for me. As a result here are the things I am experiencing right now. I have just earned a compensated leadership role in the international networking organization I belong to. I am on the verge of hiring a business/publishing/public speaking coach. And I am in discussions about buying a local art gallery that I love that is highly acclaimed in my area.  If anyone would have told me  a year ago that these three things would be happening right now, I would have laughed about how wonderful such a thing would be. But here I am! And it's real! 

Do I know the source of funding all of this? No. Have I checked in with everyone and anyone that crosses my path to see what they think about my ideas? Not a chance!  Do I fear the risks involved in giving these things a shot, especially all at once? Not really. I balance it all with a slight emphasis on risk assessment and realize that, in the big scheme of things, the risk of going for it is quite minimal. It is the risk of never trying that is SO much greater! 

One thing I do know with great certainty. I am going after it all with the greatest of gusto, because I have BURNED THE SHIPS! Failure is no option. Where else would I rather be? 

Conventional wisdom says you should have a backup in case you can't achieve your goal. But sometimes, the best motivation can be to get rid of any safety net and leave yourself no choice apart from achieving your goals.

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Travel Blog- Thailand, Day 2, Harmony Has Many Faces

The universe has a way of enabling correction. Apparently my writing attempt at this post was not so great the first time around, as it disappeared when I was nearly complete with it. So here comes Thailand Day 2, the best version! Harmony has many faces. We tend to maintain our own conceptions of harmony, and yet it really can be found in so many more forms. Consider the art of transportation in Thailand, for instance. To the casual Western observer, it seems to be absolute chaos! To my local Thai friend, it is “normal”. In fact he says to go to China or India to see crazy drivers! But for we westerners, Thai traffic fundamentals possess a wild energy to behold. And yet we’ve seen no accidents. Why? Harmony.

What appears to foreigners to be frenzied insanity is actually a daily harmonious endeavor of many, MANY people getting to where they need or wish to go. I asked my Thai friend about accidents and he confirms they are rare. I theorized that perhaps many of the accidents that do occur involve foreigners unfamiliar with the sophisticated ballet that is the Thai commute. I can’t overemphasize, it’s harmony at its finest!

This morning we experienced street food for breakfast, right on the ground level below the condo we are staying in. Thai Street Food BreakfastIt was divine! Noodles, morning glory and meats, some of which caused me a bit of suspicion after some travel shows I’ve seen where certain, ahem, gems are commonly utilized as food. You can literally get the picture here. Pana says it is actually a minced pork and rice mixture. I will happily take his word for it.

LrAfter breakfast we were collected by a taxi to move toward the famous long tail boats for a ride up the river to the Grand Palace and other spectacular sites. What a rush that is! The river is forever churning and boiling, and it’s hard to determine whether the turbulence would exist apart from the river providing mass transit. River traffic here is as busy as US suburban roads at rush hour. Add to this the constant reminders being shouted in broken English, “This boat is overload, move to the front!”, making one feel that failure to engage in this command may cause immediate oneness with determining the water quality of said river.  

ter visiting the temples and palace and sweating out our total water content it seemed, we were bound for the boats once again. To say that the boats were “overload” in the afternoon would be quite the understatement! After reaching the stop to return to our condo, we elected to ride a Tuk Tuk., an auto rickshaw essentially. It feels like a motorcycle with a backseat bench. There is no more adventurous way for a tourist to experience Thai traffic and still walk  with his life.  What fun this was! Unfortunately my tech-challenged ways caused me to only video-record 12 seconds of the ride, missing some of the most amazing traffic interactions along the way. Fortunately I have many days to try to overcome my technical shortfalls! To sum up everything, this has been another fabulous day in Bangkok!

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