Be An Explorer

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We each must make our own exploration to understand what great things exist in our world. If you don’t go out and look at what is within your world, you’ll never know. And you would lose out on what could be some beautiful treasures and surprises.

We are explorers, just like those of old. Yet we have a few more tools on our side. We have instantaneous communication in most places in our world. We can travel through space and live in orbit around the earth for extended periods. We can have our food and other necessities sent to us wherever we are. This does not mean that our explorations are any less fraught with danger than those of explorers who sailed in rafts and boats. It just means that we are more cautious and with a steady chain of connections, can go further and do more.

For many, this exploration of learning is exciting, and they are eager to go and explore. For some, the fieldwork is fearful, and the searcher will view it as a daunting task. Often the nervous Explorer would instead prefer to stick with the very little they know, rather than taking on the fears of what may happen outside of their known world. Sometimes the seekers are afraid of being taken advantage of. And sometimes, they are fearful of imaginary dangers that may or may not actually exist.

Anything worth doing will carry some risk. Yet compared to what our imaginations can think up, which is totally untrue, most threats are minor. Just be mindful of where you are, where you are going, and what you plan to do. Most real risks are easy to anticipate, along with plans to mitigate any circumstances that may come up.

Remember, any good exploration starts with well-planned goals. You plan your adventures and be sure you’re planning follows through to where you want to be at the end of the experience. Most plans may fall apart or have a few hick-ups in the early stages. The fact that you took the time to make those plans gives you the knowledge you will probably need to get back on track. Proper planning, whether it works or not is often the best thing you can do to succeed in your ventures.

Remember though, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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