“Greg Glassman once said that people require three essential skills to thrive and survive:
- Move – Be able to move, remain mobile and get yourself from A to B. The loss of mobility as we age is a major determinant in people losing their independence and quality of life.
- Swim – The majority of the planet is water — a few inches is all it takes to drown a person — so how about being able to handle yourself in it? (We do live on an island.)
- Fight — Or more accurately, be able to defend yourself (or your family) and get out of danger.
I think he got it 75% right, but in my opinion he missed one — probably the most important one.
The ability to adapt.
Nope, personally I’ve found the best way to develop an ability to adapt is to fail.
“…Tell me the truth and I’ll believe you, tell me a fact and I’ll listen, but tell me a story and I’ll remember….”
So let me tell you a story.
In 2003 I was running multiple businesses and working ridiculous hours. I needed a break, preferably somewhere with no phone reception or email. Kathmandu sounded exotic and remote — that was literally my entire criteria. I booked a holiday and a trek because it sounded cool and the lower Himalayas didn’t have 3G reception. A two-week trek up to a Buddhist monastery at the foothills of the Himalayas.” Continued…