Firstly, Do you know what it is ? Or, do you know where it comes from ?
Its from the movie “Up”. The movie is a Pixar animated film centered around a character named Carl. Well the Adventure book wasn’t Carl’s, it was actually his friend Ellie’s. Ellie later becoming the love of his life and then his wife.
I’ve tried to go to see most Pixar movies in the theatre, and I remember very clearly seeing this one in the theatre. If you’ve seen the movie, you will know exactly what I’m talking about… within the first 8 minutes of the movie I heard people openly sobbing in the theatre. Yes, the creative people at Pixar can engage you so fully into an animated movie that you can be crying in the first 8 minutes of the movie. If you haven’t seen the movie, go see it. Just take a couple of tissues with you as you watch. And not to spoil the movie, only the first 8 minutes are sad, the remainder of the movie will play on other emotions.
Ok, back to the Adventure book, if you know what it is, and you’ve seen the movie, then you get the significance of the book. The idea behind the book is that its a plan, a wishlist, a “here is what I’m going to do when I grow up” book. Did you ever have an Adventure book ?
Do you remember as a kid, dreaming of that sports car, or to travel the world, or that special thing that you were going to do, be a doctor, or an explorer or whatever it was that your imagination could dream up…
Maybe something that you could do that would change the world. You likely viewed the world with a fascination, and a naiveness. You probably set goals and expectations for what you wanted to accomplish in your life. You had these huge dreams and aspirations… Ok, so here comes reality… so where are those plans now ? Are you living the life you thought you should ? If you aren’t and likely most of us aren’t, then why ?
I’ve had the fortune of meeting a large number of individuals and getting to see first hand some very interesting perspectives. Case and point. One evening when I was out with a few of my co-workers, I had a young guy on my team, and we also had some senior management at the table at the same time. One of our senior managers asked the young guy how the dating scene was going (as he indicated he was single). The young guy replies that he is interested in both his dentist and the dental hygienist. Our senior manager encouraged him that if all things are equal, go for the dentist… “Aim high and don’t settle” was the phrase that was used. Interesting words, but in the course of the evening it became very apparent that those words didn’t have the backing as it sounded like there was plenty of compromise and ‘settling’ from our manager. Hmmmm.. So, do as I say, not as I do. I didn’t curry any favours when I pointed this out…. but that’s a different story.
I get we all have our reasons for where we are in life, and likely there are a few that will squarely place blame on others. Oh, sure I could blame others for my inadequacies, but in reality, it comes back to me. Me and me alone are the reasons why. With every step up/forward, it means a step away from something else. You want to rise through the corporate ladder, let me tell you, you are going to have to give some things up along the way. What are you prepared to give ?
For some, they love this stuff, for others, they rebel and choose a different path. They look at the norm and think, it’s not for me and they do things differently (similar to John Galt). Ultimately, you get to choose your destiny, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”. Regardless of which way you think your life or career should go, you can go out and make the difference you think you should. There is no barrier to say you can or can not do something. The barrier is in your own mind (or the space between your ears). What is it that you want to do, and what do you want to sacrifice along the way. Of maybe its simply a matter of changing the way you think about things…
Is it time for your adventure to start ?