As it has been in the past, Ingersoll Rand is participating in the Endomondo National Bike Challenge and I’m tracking my miles on the site. The first year that we participated the only miles that were taken into account were transportation miles. There was a cool calculator that told how much C02 and money were saved by people riding their bikes instead of driving. Now, any miles on a bike are included and the number of participants is skyrocketing. This means that my choices to live in town and therefore have a shorter commute are pushing me down the leader board, into the 200′s. This isn’t winning and making me feel less than awesome. I did a little digging on the site and found that I tracked 776 car-replacement trips in the past 12 months. THAT makes me feel a little more awesome! The question becomes how and why should I be awesome?
I’ve been reading Jon Acuff’s book Start and have decided that I just need to stop trying to find my dream job and just keep being me and allow the awesome to come through. While I was reading the first few chapters of the book I wrote down a few things that I want to be awesome at:
- Community Building/Placemaking
You’ll notice that blog author isn’t on there. According to Jon, you have to draw a start line and go. First and foremost I want to be awesome in the eyes of my wife and kid(s), if I fail there it’s definitely game over. Bikes and placemaking are next in line – I want to prove to people that the car is definitely not a necessity and that by getting people out in their yards, parks and other public areas that society as a whole will benefit.
You’ll notice that none of the things that I want to be awesome at include my job. See, my job simply allows me to make money to support my family and to help me on my path to awesome. My job is ok, but it helps me to be awesome. I don’t have complete control over my job, but I do on my start line, if I become awesome enough and one of those things on my list becomes my job, great. If I become awesome and a new job opens up, great. If I become awesome, and this blog becomes awesome, and makes me money to support my awesome family, great. Even if I stay in the same job and I’m awesome, I’ve got that going for me…
1lessminivan is going to be the tale of me figuring out how to be awesome to my family and hopefully to the people around me. I’ve tried in the past to immediately make the blog into something much larger than it really is. It’s basically a journal and maybe someday somebody else will read it and find inspiration to become awesome too.
Mileage for 5/6/2013