Take risks. Take chances.
When I went on a travel article with the youngest person ever to summit Mount Everest, I was supposed to meet Jordan Romero and his dad & stepmom in Brazil.
The incredible editor-in-chief of Triathlete Magazine put me in touch with them, we hit it off right away, and they asked, "Can you come with us in a few days?"
"YES!" I responded.
I didn't have kids at the time.
I wasn't attached.
I was a single woman pursuing my dreams.
Then, Jordan's dad Paul, called me back.
"Wait," he said. "Do you have a visa?"
"What?" I asked.
No, I didn't.
So that would be a problem.
Because in order to get a visa, it'd take a few weeks.
I WANTED THIS TRIP.
I WANTED TO GO.
I WANTED TO MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE.
So, do you know what I did?
I searched the internet for a rapid turnaround visa. I called the embassy in L.A. Everything seemed to point to a dead-end, except for one opportunity...
There was one man in New York who said he could do it.
"How are you able to do this when no one else is?" I asked him.
"I can't tell you that," he said. "But, just know that I can."
Was I going to take him up on this offer?
Well, did I have another choice?
In order to make this work, I had to:
-Buy a one-way ticket to New York, in hopes that this random dude could turn my visa around in less than a day, then hop on a plane from New York to Brazil.
I did it.
I bought a one-way ticket.
My roommate at the time dropped me off at the airport.
I was pretty much convinced I'd pull up into the cab after the red-eye and discover that it was some abandoned building.
Much to my surprise, it was a normal office.
The guy worked for the Brazilian embassy in New York and did this side gig where he helped people expedite their visas in less than 6 hours.
I got there in the morning. Gave him passport.
Saw my friends in New York.
Then, by that afternoon, and after MUCH difficulty interpreting with the travel agent for my trip, I was on a plane to Brazil to meet Jordan, his dad Paul, and his step-mom Karen.
Paul was amazed.
"Wow," he said. "Take risks. Take chances." That was their family motto.
I made this happen, because I wanted it.
Did I know how things were going to turn out?
Oh hells no.
But, I did know that if I didn't try, I wouldn't ever know.
Go after your dreams.
There's no reason to.
Because no matter what, however it pans out, you'll have learned something.
And, you'll have a great story to tell.