Great Adventure: Building a Life

By Trevor Goforth
Life is a great adventure if you let it be that way. That is one thing I have discovered over my 47 years of life. Sure life will throw you some curves and valleys. Life will give you some mountains to climb as well. Life may even try and bury you or you simply get caught in an on coming storm that you couldn’t predict. I believe that when we bear through these things with a sense of wonder, awe, empathy and compassion that the world becomes a better place.
To many see life as a battle. When you do that you are prone to have enemies or make enemies of people who may not be an enemy. That doesn’t mean that they have to be your friends. In everyone’s life you have detractors and critics. Learning to listen objectively and open minded to them is for me the key. When I stop listening is when those voices start speaking on behave of you. Only You really know you and once you discover who you really are you can silence the cynics.
I have discovered this of recent when after 7 years in job where I was miserable I decided to look for a new job. And I found one closer to home. While many have been supportive in my choice. There have been many who have said that I can’t, shouldn’t or that I would return to my current place. For me those people are the voices of cowardliness and fear. People who would rather hold me back from achieving my dream because they themselves cannot achieve whatever their dreams are. Chris Gardner in the Pursuit of Happyness said; “You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.”
Ashton Kutcher once said; “I never had any job that was beneath me. I worked at them hard, and never quit one job until he had another. Each job was a stepping stone to the next.”
I believe that this current job is just that a stepping stone to the next adventure in my life.
The last 3 years of my life has been a journey of self discovering of what I want out of my life and the types of people I want to surround myself with. From the employment aspect I want to work in a culture where hard work is equally rewarded by encouragement and allowing one to become better at what ever you are doing. Steve Jobs said; “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
That is why I believe I made this current decision to leave where I was it was time for something new but no matter what it is I was raised with a work ethic if someone is going to pay you to work then do the best possible and be positive about it, sure there will be bad days but that’s life. I believe that we truly are the ones that make a great day. I want to change the culture and image that some have perceived within the fast-food industry that just because its a minimum wage job doesn’t mean the people are all trashy and lazy. (And if some of them are then it’s up to the company to change that culture with some level of professionalism.) I have met some hard working decent people over my years in the industry.
In my personal life I want to surround myself with people who are open minded and think with reason and logic. People are not intolerant to others and what they believe or do not believe. I will no longer tolerant hate or any form of racism in my life. People need to learn to serve each other through empathy and compassion.
Steve Jobs is a man who was fired from the company he started and then would later return to own it again and make it into what it is today. I will end this with words of Steve himself when he said;
“When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way that it is. And that your life is to live your life inside the world, and try not to get in too much trouble, and maybe get an education, and get a job, and make some money and have a family. But life can be a lot broader than that when you realize one simple thing: that everything around us that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you. And you can build your own things. You can build your own life. Build a life. Don’t live one, build one.”
It’s my life and I will be the master of my own fate and the caption of my own soul. I will determine from here on out what is best for my life. That is exactly what I am going to do now during this new part of my great adventure I no longer just want to live a life but to build one.

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