Friday, August 10, 2012

Thoughts On Empty Roads

I took off from an unknown place in Orange County, at the East side of Texas.  You can spot right away the Texan accent of the waitresses and the cowboy hats covering gray heads and bellies that project a shadow over their feet.

Texas reminds you that there is no limit to growth in this country.  This extension of land is not covered by cities, pastures or forest. It must “belong” to somebody, buy it’s just unused by human or nature.

My appetite for exploration has been frustrated equally for the emptiness of the land and the repetition of chain franchises at the towns.  I drive in circles looking for a “mom and pop” breakfast place and always end up in a Waffle House or IHOP.

I was early to visit an old friend that lives in Austin, so I stopped in Huston. Turns out that an old coworker was still living there and we meet in a Chinese restaurant.  This guy has always been a humble worker who came to this country empty handed and made his place driving trucks and then buying them.  He is doing pretty well with six units, and he’s getting to the point where he needs to decide between growing the business or slow down.  Wisely he is inclined to the second.  Now I feel an authentic admiration for those who succeeded in the streets.  I’m just a soft hands thinker how spent a good amount of time with books in college.  I gave enough of my life to theory and talking, and now I’m devoted to the great school of doing.  So I have a lot to learn from "doers", like this friend from Huston.

Doers also tend to be humble.  That makes them prone to learn.  We, theoretical people, tend to think we know better.  That’s until the point where the knowledge itself let us realize how little we actually know.

Any certainty is arrogant, but it’s an arrogance needed to be able to focus.  Too many smart people do nothing because they exhaust the intellectual capital of the experience before trying the emotional part.

Goals are not just quantifiable milestones, they are also spontaneous explosions of intuition. And intuition has an emotional core.  Thinking too much in life is like trying to explain a joke: you get the data but lose the fun.

The idea of this trip is the stimulation of that emotional core that has been fossilized by years in office space.

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