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The Goal Of Preparation

Good morning good friends! I’m reading a book by Rolf Potts called Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel. Just a couple of chapters in and I’m really digging it so far. I came across this quote today and I thought I’d share it. To give some context, this chapter is titled “Learn, learn, and Keep Learning.” and it’s about the lessons travel teaches and how you can prepare for travel.

“The goal of preparation, then, is not knowing exactly where you’ll go but being confident nonetheless that you’ll get there. This means that your attitude will be more important than your itinerary, and that the simple willingness to improvise is more vital, in the long run, than research.”


Are you willing┬áto improvise in your adventures? What does it look like when you vary from the itinerary? Can you rest in the fact that this path will lead you to where you want to go even if somehow everything goes awry and not according to plan? That’s how we have to approach the things that we do. We have to live with an underlying sense, a knowing, that even if everything blows up in our faces we can still carry on towards the destination. Even if that destination is still a little fuzzy.

The goal of preparation is not to be prepared for everything that will be thrown at you. It’s to understand that the path is going to zig and zag, this way and that, but at the end of the day you still get where you’re going. Walk with confidence today.

You know more than you think you know about your destination. It’s in your heart.

Great to talk to you again, friends.


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