Once again, I have to apologize for taking so long between posts. The last several months have been full of extreme highs and lows and unfortunately I’ve been neglectful of taking the time to write my thoughts and share those little nuggets rolling around in the cranium. I’m going to do my best to try to be more prudent about keeping the old Moose Doctrine current.
I’ve had some interesting thoughts of self realization lately. In large part, it’s about coming to certain realization about myself and learning how to balance my principles and ideals. I’m finding that at times we come across things about one’s self that may be conflicting and contrary but need to be carefully balanced out and thought through for success.
One of the things I’ve always liked about myself is my ambition to learn more and take on new challenges. I thrive on this notion and enjoy the mission of being a sponge to new ideas. Whether it’s adding a new skill set, discovering new fun things to do, see or listen to, or simply obtaining a great sense of self-sufficiency so I don’t have to depend on others to do things that I can do, I strive to always add new tools to the old belt.
Recently, my ambitions came back to haunt me. Many of you know I’ve rekindled my love of motorcycling recently, and upon researching the costs involved with upgrading, customizing, and generally maintaining a motorcycle I took on the mission to learn as much as I can about doing it myself. That being said, last weekend I took on my first major project working on the Harley. About 8 hours later in the 100 degree temperatures, tattered and bleeding hands, and a ton of frustration, I discovered without a shadow of a doubt that I would never make a very effective electrical engineer. My ambitions now are going to cost me several hundreds of dollars after trailering my toy to the dealership to be healed.
The lesson I learned is that I do need to understand my limitations, both from weighing out the things I want to take on myself and also when I choose to dive in feet first. Sure, after a ton of training and studying, I could have accomplished the mission, but the timing of my jump coupled with the impatience to want the outcome sooner than I was capable cost me in the end. At the same time, the other approach I learned is that I don’t likewise want the pendulum to swing too far in the other direction. Without the risk of learning and trying, I fall into the stereotype of “nothing ventured nothing gained”. If we don’t have ambitions and aspirations, we never enjoy the exhilaration of a job well done and the new thrill of tackling that which was previously unknown.
The challenge is learning how to carefully balance these two sides. It’s where knowledge collides with dreams and becomes wisdom. Enjoy the thrill of the risk, but calculate your risks. Understand your expectations of yourself, and properly prepare to set yourself up for the greatest opportunity to succeed. Know your limits, but just as importantly, know the right moments to push them.