Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Olympic risk and reward

I read with amazement a story of a 57 year-old Chinese farmer who traveled for two years by rickshaw to attend the Olympic games in London (Chinese farmer makes an Olympian trek to Games).  What an amazing feat and adventure.  He has relied heavily on the kindness of strangers along the way, having a personal budget of only about $1,000.  He boldly set out to both see what he could achieve and to share in the Olympic spirit.

Despite numerous hardships along the way, including floods and freezing temperatures, this farmer has had a great experience, and now is planning to make his way to the 2016 Olympic games in Rio De Janeiro.

One of my biggest adventures came when I decided to study in Nottingham, England during my junior year of college.  What a great experience it turned out to be; learning about another culture and traveling around much of Britain and Europe. At the time one of the largest risks I had taken, but it also provided the largest return.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. What great adventure might you envision for yourself in the days and years ahead?

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