Have you ever been on a boat?
Not a canoe or a kayak. I mean a boat that goes FAST.
It’s fun, it’s exciting, you feel totally free…and then you hit the No Wake Zone.
You putt-putt-putt around, just drifting along—and there’s nothing you can do about it. No wake allowed. It’s the law.
It’s sad to me that I see SO many people running their lives as if they are permanently in the No Wake Zone every single day.
Their motors are idling so low you don’t even know they’re moving.
Nothing exists but something on the horizon they only hope to eventually arrive at some day down the road.
They’re adrift in a sea of fellow drifters.
Except there’s one key difference between these people and boaters—they’re only imagining the No Wake Zone sign.
Why? Because we’ve become a society that says it’s not OK to rock the boat. It’s not OK to make waves. It’s not OK to stand out.
Sit down. Shut up. Don’t be seen or heard. That’s what we’ve been told.
We’re trained to believe we’re all special and amazing without even having to actually DO something.
Your book didn’t sell? Oh well, no one buys books anymore anyway. It’s not your fault.
No one downloaded your album? Oh well, no one pays for music anymore anyway. It’s not your fault.
Your blog can’t get any traction? Oh well, the Internet is saturated with content. It’s impossible to stand out. It’s certainly not YOUR fault.
I see this stuff on a daily basis. And it’s all a product of No Wake Zone thinking.
No one ever became a star by clicking “Publish” and then calling it a day.
If you’re not rocking people’s boats to the point that they’re either…
1. looking around to see what the heck is happening
2. yelling at you to stop making waves
…then you will do nothing but remain in the No Wake Zone.
I assure you Steve Jobs was never in the No Wake Zone. Unless he was not awake. See what I did there? :-)
Stop editing yourself.
Write something that scares the crap out of you. Record something that makes you break a sweat when you think about the idea of actually releasing it to the public.
Make waves that not only rock your boat, but other people’s boats too. Remember that it can never be all about you if it’s going to be successful, regardless of what you’re doing.
Stop waiting for permission! There is none to be had. You are the only person who can give it to you.
This is not me giving you a “rah-rah” speech. I’m not your cheerleader.
It’s simply the truth.
To do great things, you have to be unreasonable. Unreasonable in your time, your thinking, your giving, your expectations.
Unreasonable in the face of the No Wake Zone and the sea of drifters content to float through life.
Try this: commit to doing one unreasonable act today. Make it difficult. Make it scary. You have permission to fail.
Do a belly flop. There’s no telling who might notice the waves.
What one unreasonable act are you committing to? Leave a comment and share this post. Tomorrow, I’ll give a personalized copy of my book, 20,000 Days and Counting, to one commenter.