I am the Traveler

Migrated. Originally posted on May 23, 2009

The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews is the only book I’ve ever read twice in one day, and each time in a single sitting. This book has been absolutely enlightening for me. It has shown me a new perspective of who I am, and what I am doing.

I am not going to do a book review, or even talk about it in detail. The book lays out the 7 decisions that people must make to achieve personal success. I am going to focus on a pair of quotes from the book, and just leave it at that. This is a must read book, so just go buy it.

The first quote that really hit home for me, and which, in my opinion is broadly applicable to everyone comes from David’s run in with Christopher Columbus: 

Columbus’ officers come to him, and tell him that the men have reached their limits, and they they must turn back. Columbus calmly tells them that sees a “group of men who do not know their limits.”

There have been so many times I have sat down with someone to share the principles of i-Commerce, and they tell me that they can’t do it. So many times, I just want to tell them the truth; that they absolutely can do it, all they need is support and some peer-to-peer coaching and mentorship, and that’s what the team is all about. They have no idea what their limits are. Anyone can do anything. For some of us, it just takes some more work.

I went from being a Mechanical Engineering major in college, knowing that I would become an engineer of sorts, to a BA in English Literature planning to get a PhD and become a professor, to Python programmer extraordinaire, to entrepreneur in the Affiliate Marketing world. That is a ridiculous non sequitur. One does not naturally follow from the other, but I can still perform well in each field. Limits are imaginary. Push them, and you will begin to understand just what you are truly capable of.

The other quote from the book that resonated very loudly for me, just strikes at the core of what I am all about:

“You will share the gift of the [seven] decisions with others. Those who absorb and apply the wisdom will rise to greatness and inspire others to the same heights. Those who ignore the power of these scrolls might seem to prosper for a time , but do not be deceived. Their lives will be only brief illusions, and when their time is finished, they will be chained to the Mirror of Regret. There, they will spend eternity examining a reflection of the person they could have become.”

I am on a mission to help as many people as I possible. There are too many college students out there getting hit with tuition increases. Too many people out there looking for a job and can’t find one. Too many people working a job that they hate, only because it pays the bills. Too many people looking to do life just a little bit better. And I have a solution for them. Shame on me if I don’t do my damnedest to share it with as many people as possible. I am the traveler.