“The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks. See the line from a sufficient distance, and it straightens itself to the average tendency.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
You are making excuses.
You say you need the right skills but you are doing nothing to get them.
You say you need the right people but you are doing nothing to meet them.
You say you need to break away from your daily routine, but day in, day out, you get up and do the same thing.
Because you are making excuses.
Excuses are easy. They give us a way to avoid the pain of confronting our problems. Whether its skipping the gym that day, or saying, “I’ll start practicing my Spanish next week.” You are always finding that convenient way to delay the pain.
Stop delaying the pain.
The Exosphere Boot Camp is your line in the sand. Say to your excuses, “This far, no further.” It’s your time to meet the right people. It’s your time to develop the right skills. It’s your time to find out what you are going to do with your life.
Every great accomplishment started with a problem to overcome. It took one person to recognize that problem and decide that they were not going to stand for it any longer. Start with that first step.
“Life is difficult” is the first sentence of The Road Less Traveled by Scott Peck, and is also the first subject we discuss at the boot camp. Some people never fully understand the weight of this obvious statement, because they do everything in their power to avoid it.
You aren’t one of those people.
Life is difficult because you are exposed to a never ending series of problems. How and when you choose to deal with those problems determines your quality of life.
You can either deal with them methodically, as they arise. Or you can let them pile up and eventually be forced to deal with them as they are crashing down under their own weight all around you.
Don’t expect to come to the boot camp to be surrounded by people that are going to stroke your ego about what you have done in the past or what you say you are going to do.
Show, don’t tell. Expect to work hard to discover, learn, and create.
You will be a teacher as well as a student. The people around you will be your teachers. This is not business school. You will not be competing for better grades, bigger accomplishments or the most comfortable job. However, there will be healthy competition and pressure to create the tension necessary for all innovation and growth.
Ego and pride are quickly found to be losing traits at the boot camp. If you cannot let go them, then this isn’t the place for you.
But if you can leave your ego at the door and are willing to make mistakes while trying something new, you will see all of your self-limitations begin to disappear.
By learning new skills and broadening your perspective, you will increase your options and possibilities in life. The boot camp is the place for you to buckle in and invest time to improve yourself. Many participants want to learn new skills.
Coding is an example of a skill that merely learning the basics will put you in a small category of people in the world.
Learning to code takes a significant amount of willpower to begin, and even more to stick with if you are on your own. Surround yourself with others who want to learn together and you will be amazed at your own ability to learn quickly and retain what you have learned.
This is not limited to programming. The underlying truth applies to all new information. Harness the power of the a strong support network for your own personal growth.
When you see photos of the beach here in Viña del Mar, don’t expect a vacation. Don’t be fooled by photos of modern apartments and a brand new workspace. Enjoy the fine points of life but understand if you want to enjoy them for the long term, you have to solve today’s problems today.
Don’t wait for the boot camp to stop making excuses to read that book, to start that exercise program, to begin those web development tutorials, or to forgive that person and begin to heal that broken relationship.
Take a look around. Do you like what you see? What is keeping you there? You imagine yourself being somewhere else but you only rely on chance or perhaps luck to change your present course.
You are no longer dependent. You are no longer bound to live in a certain place or by certain rules. Abundant opportunities await people who are adventurous enough to break away from the conventional wisdom.
Stop delaying the pain.
Problems are unavoidable. The only response to them is to solve them calmly and consistently, day after day.
As you start solving them, new ones don’t seem so bad anymore. Thats when you start solving more and more challenging problems--ones that before would have defeated you.
This is what personal growth is. This is what entrepreneurship is. At the boot camp, you won’t let the problems slide. You will be surrounded by people helping you become more consistent in your problem-solving habits. But you have to start today. You have to start to solve today’s problems today. You have to do what must be done.
Start to read, learn, even if you have to rethink everything. Challenge yourself and get as far as you can on your own. Then come to the boot camp to meet other people looking to improve themselves and the world around them. Receive the support you need to get over that hill so you can keep going up the mountain.
Start today and apply to join us here, in Viña del Mar, Chile on September 29th.
It’s not about where you come from--it’s only about where you want to go.
We will help you get there.