April 20 2015
Written By
Paul Jaworski
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Travel: High Risks Big Payoffs

Our Pathfinders series is a collection of guest posts from Adventurers all around the world. If you'd like to contribute, please send an email to Today's post is by our friend Scott Bakken.

The concept of believing is that you are putting your faith in things unseen, ideas not tested, waters not charted. However, the whole idea of stepping out in to something new is what moves culture forward. It allows us to discover new possibilities and make what once wasn’t, normal.  The natural bent of humanity is to play it safe and comfortable. However, safe and comfortable never lead to change, but rather keep up the same old, same old. The word uncharted actually means to explore and discover new subjects. Basically, it means you have to get up and go!

Have you ever used the expression, 'I’m bored’? I certainly am guilty of this! Maybe the truth is we are boring? Our routines have kept us sheltered and stagnant. Routine is a great thing but not at the expense of moving forward. Life is about a journey inclusive of learning, discovering, overcoming obstacles.  Our comfort zones become prisons, locking out dreams and opportunities.

It was in 2013 that I picked up my iPhone and started going out in the Rocky Mountains to capture the world that surrounds me. I found my life inside the city becoming mundane, driving up and down the same roads, going through the motions. What photography, or taking photos has done has gotten me out of my comfort zones, out of the house and into discovery the world beyond. Without fail, I get people around the world commenting on the beauty of Alberta (my home) and are overwhelmed by its majesty. It has hit me like a brick in the face.  Here I live in one of the most desirable places to visit, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, beautiful landscapes and gorgeous lakes and I have completely missed it!! It has taken others on Instagram to get me to see the light! I have entered a whole new appreciation for where I live and have fallen in love. Now I take delight in sharing these photos to others, boasting of where I live!

Another thing it has allowed me to meet new people! Going on weekly adventures with others has helped create a whole new exciting community in my city. Besides just connecting locally, it has also brought about new opportunities and relationship throughout the whole world. All of this, which would have never been accessed would I have stayed in my comfort zone. 

This is only one small example of what stepping out into the unknown can accomplish. I could go on with other personal ventures, some of success and some of failures. The list is endless of learning curves! I would suggest that trying is more important than the outcome. Maybe you are looking at starting a business, changing jobs or moving to a new city. Whatever it is, be encouraged to look beyond and not allow fear to hold you back. There is world waiting out there, and it isn’t found in the safe zone!  

Below are some tips to exploring the unknown.

Life is about discovery It shouldn’t be about whether you succeed or fail, but rather that you try! The journey teaches us so much about ourselves. Try new things and if at first you don’t succeed…well you know!

Step beyond your routine Mix it up. Try something new. Maybe there is a hobby or craft you want to explore. Don’t let your lack of knowledge hold you back. Find the resources and people you need that can help you move forward.

What do you have to lose Look at everything from what you could achieve versus what you could lose. Stepping into the unknown has the biggest risks, but the biggest payoffs. 

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