fredag 3. juni 2011

Mission completed

I can not say it has been quiet here in the home of the trolls. While troll mom has been dealing with the troll kids, I have been away completing a decade old dream: To bicycle from Paris to Amsterdam. Indeed, it's the European version of my 1997 bicycle trip from Montreal to Toronto, with a few more personal touches and detours added, not to mention time. Over a 12 day period, I bicycled 900 km, which means an average 75 km/day.

Accomplishing personal goals, I believe, is vital for your psyche. It is easy to see how corporate support to achieve personal goals could increase morale - That is, if my dayjob paid all my hotels, spend work hours planning for the trip, etc. And certainly, had this been part of my job, I would probably spend work hours finding similar businesses to hook up with during my trip.

But be careful: It would be tempting to upgrade my bicycle to an electric one. It wouldn't be the same. I would spend more time stopping than riding, and I already spend about half my bicycling time doing other things than bicycling. It would feel more planned and with less freedom.

In short, as long as everything was in my own hands for the entirety of the trip, I was energized by self realization. This, in contrast to my trip to New Zealand about ten years ago, when I had this "wow, how did I end up on the other side of the planet, how cool is that?" form of self realization the first couple of days until work wore it off.

So the key leans more towards self realization than accomplishing the actual goal. In other words: support, but do not interfere. Or in the words of Dan Pink: You probably want to do something interesting, let me get out of your way.

Completing my mission motivated my wife to bake :)

Ingen kommentarer:

Legg inn en kommentar