I don't know why, but I have always challenged status quo. Many call it breaking the rules, but I don't see it that way. I mean, don't get me wrong. Rules and status quo have their place. Many people put their mind on cruise control and want to just know "how to do it". I'm really not mocking them (as much as it may seem). I mean, if everybody broke the rules and challenged status quo we would have anarchy, chaos and even backwards progression.
Yes, "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams," in the words of Eleanor Roosevelt. Dreams enable us to imagine what could be possible without any limitations or expectations of reality. We are uninhibited in letting our minds run away with creativity, grand aspirations and worldly impact. As children, we dream the biggest. We've all dreamed of being the President or the first person on Mars or winning the Indianapolis 500 or something along those lines.
Recently, we took our kids Grant and Lauren to Guatemala. We funded the building of a school with PoP and were going to see the project. They would see real poverty up close for the first time and we wanted it to be a meaningful experience for them. It was also near the week that my new McLaren sports car came in. The contradiction was not lost on me and set-off a flurry of internal reflection.
Throughout the years, I have pushed back against celebrating any milestone in my life. I felt that by celebrating, I would limit myself and be satisfied with today’s achievement instead of looking to tomorrow’s horizon. Turns out, economics backs up my hunch!