In a recent tweet, Rob Dyrdek said, “The sky has never been the limit. We are our own limits. It’s about breaking personal limits & outgrowing ourselves to live our own best lives.”
That applies to all areas of life, not just skateboard ramps. What limits you? Fear of failure? Fear of getting hurt? Fear of looking foolish?
Here’s the thing: if you try, you’re going to fail. No one is born with skill. We have to try and fail. But we learn from our failures. Each time we fail, we learn a little more until finally, we don’t fail. We succeed!
In skateboarding, obviously failure usually involves getting hurt. We recover. Scrapes heal. Wounds mend. And we learn how to avoid or overcome the pain. The bigger the risk of failure and pain, the greater the thrill of accomplishment.
That holds true in everything. If you never reach out to others, you don’t risk being rejected, but you also miss out on some really great friendships. If you don’t try harder at school or work, you don’t risk making a big mistake, but you miss out on the pride and reward of a job well done.
So build your ramp higher, wider and longer. Get more air. Reach out to more people. Do your best in every area of your life. You’ll find your life is better than you ever dreamed it could be!