This is a blog about taking a more adventurous, entrepreneurial, and passion-driven approach to life.
No Map. No Guide. No Limits. is more than just a name for my blog. It’s my philosophy of life—a philosophy shared by some of my kindred-spirit friends who occasionally contribute their insights and stories to the mix!
Why “No Map. No Guide. No Limits.”? Because, as the great 20th century philosopher and writer Joseph Campbell once said:
You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path.
Where there is a way or path, it is someone else’s path.
You are not on your own path.
If you follow someone else’s way, you are not going to reach your potential.
The challenge of blazing a path of your own in life is, there’s no map or guide to tell you where or how to go. But the reward is, there’s also no limit to where you can go, and what you can experience or accomplish.
Having said that, I also realize—and know, from vivid, first-hand experience—that blazing your own path can be hard work. It can also feel very lonely at times. So one of the goals of this blog is to offer a kind of virtual “friend around the evening campfire” for fellow travelers and trail-blazers. I offer observations and snippets from my own journey, stories and insights from other adventuring travelers, and thought-provoking ideas, discussion and advice on topics related to adventure, risk, change, entrepreneurship, innovation, and navigating a meaningful path “outside the box.” Not to mention surviving the stress and challenge of uncertain times and circumstances.
I decided to start this blog, in January of 2009, for two reasons. First, because I believe that viewing life as a great adventure—and learning to chart your own course through uncertainty, challenge, and possibility—can reap huge rewards, and make any life path a far richer and more meaningful experience.
And second, it’s because I know good traveling companions—even virtual ones—can make all the difference in a challenging journey or adventure. In the end, we all have to figure out our own answers and journey. But fellow travelers can offer valuable perspectives and advice, point out a few danger spots, and provide an essential element for giving us the strength to keep going—the realization that we’re not alone.
Perhaps you’re already a passionate entrepreneur or adventurer, in spirit or in action. Perhaps you’re contemplating a life-changing adventure or career leap, or are wondering if there’s a more fulfilling path out there, somewhere. Or perhaps the world has recently thrown you into the adventure of change, whether you wanted it or not. In any and every case … welcome to the campfire! I hope by spending some time here, you’ll find yourself recharged for the journey ahead.
I also welcome, and invite you to share, your own thoughts and stories about adventure, challenge, or exploring and surviving uncertainty (in comments to any of posts, or by email).
And just to get the party rolling, here’s a link to my very first post on this site - a little story of how and when I realized two central and important truths about adventure … both how uncomfortable it can feel, and how rewarding it can be: