There’s something very American about wrapping yourself around a challenge that comes with some risk. Christopher Columbus ignored naysayers and set off to find a better route to the east by traveling west. That was a larger than normal undertaking with the flat earthers expecting him to fall off the edge before he got to Asia. What about the American Revolutionaries who decided to go it alone and break away from the mighty British Empire? There were certainly more than a few who thought that idea should be reconsidered. And then there's the Moon. Seriously. Who did we really think we were setting our sights on that goal? That thing is way out there; no water, no oxygen, and then re-entry comes with all that crazy heat shield vaporization action. Whoa. But we checked the math and then did it anyway.
Now, I hope it doesn't seem like I'm comparing myself to the early nautical explorers, our rebellious Founding Fathers, or those astronauts who made the moon landings. I'm just saying that I learned those stories growing up like all the other kids in our country (and maybe around the world) and they meant something to me. They still do. They inspired me. So, if you have a lofty goal lingering on the horizon, something that get's you excited (but may worry others), I want to encourage you to go for it. You don't have to be an American to set a goal, break it down, and find a way. Plus, it's fun. It's exciting. It's what life's about. Take on a big challenge and make it happen. And if/when you have a tough day and it seems like you're not getting anywhere, look up at the moon, take a deep breathe (w/out help from NASA), and then get back at finding a way.