The glass is refillable.

Kara, Finding JoyA friend keeps describing himself to me as being a “glass is half empty” type of person and questions risk with “what is the worst that can happen?” type of questions. While it is good to be conscious of the potential failure side of a situation, isn’t the very act of taking a risk the definition of living?

My view is that the glass is refillable, that taking risks is the very source of feeling alive – that taking action and stepping out of a comfort zone towards something unknown – with the promise of it being ‘amazing” and exciting and worth exploring – is the very foundation of living, of being “closer to life” (a quote from a friend of Peggy Payne’s).

I love this phrase, “closer to life”, for it’s the heart-racing moments in our lives that define us. These acts, where we step in the direction of something unknown, pursue something on faith because we are drawn, become unforgettable life experiences. These are the moments we never forget, either because the act caused pain, or immense pleasure.

Each step taken in faith, towards whatever we are drawn to, is a step worth taking. We explore outside our comfort zone to expand ourselves and to grow. Some of the best lessons in failure lead to the most amazing, and unforeseen, discoveries.

Upon completing my book, Finding Joy (to be released soon), I realized it is about risk. A 90 year old man took a huge risk – by sharing a deeply personal regret. He asked me to find Joy, literally. What I did not realize at that time is that he was sending me along a life changing journey to find joy in my own life. He asked me to live my life with joy – he asked me to live, to be “closer to life”.

We have an obligation to live. We are here, so why the hell not?

Give me the Walkers

Give me the doers, give me those that take action and follow their dreams. Give me those that know what they want and go after it. Talking isn’t enough. Give me the walkers who are doing it.

“Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.

The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”  – Nolan Bushnell

Entrepreneurs – true entrepreneurs – know how to get shit done. Period.

And it’s not just entrepreneurs, it’s people who create and do epic shit every day. This could be the simple action of caring for special needs child (for which there is nothing simple), it could be loving a person that is challenging to love – and it’s all about making a difference in the lives of others. It all comes down to action taking. Doing.

There are a lot of people that talk and love to talk into delirium. I may listen initially, but I have no time for them.

The stories that I write are about people who do. It’s my choice to focus upon businesses that have created by someone who saw a need, have a passion, and is helping others. They are making a difference. They’ve done more than talk – they’ve been a walker.

Having a dream and doing something about it are entirely 2 different things. Attract people into your life to help facilitate those dreams and ideas, create it, work at it, do it. Walk it.

Give me something to write about.

Interns to Orphans: Jeff Papa’s Mission to Mentor

While planting trees in Jeff Papa’s front yard in 2003, Jeff and Steve Wolff discussed how privileged they were to be where they are in their current positions and how far they had come. They admired the work of those around them, such as Barnes & Thornburg partner Bob Grand with his support of Little Red Door. Jeff and Steve were thinking out loud, exploring ideas for their own philanthropic impact …

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Kara Kavensky

Kara Kavensky