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Seems like it is a fine line between the two.  Been doing a lot of goal setting lately and want to make sure one pushes oneself, but at the same time, they need to be reasonable.  Except that it if you argue your limitations, they are yours.

So I enjoy the fact that the people I work with push themselves at work and outside of work.  Well, physically at work, but outside of our day to day work tasks.  Day to day tasks, they’re always pushing to make things more efficient, usable and scalable.  Which leaves us time to talk about eating ostrich eggs and dunking basketballs.

My summer goal was to dunk a basketball.  Maybe a volleyball, cause that removes the palming the ball aspect. But no one else wanted the challenge, so it wasn’t really decided.  Regardless, I’ve increased my vertical 4 inches or so over the summer and should be able to eek out another inch or two if I keep at it.  Which is surprising, cause I was reading an SI article a while back about how old NBA stars have lost their hops.  Made me feel like the window was closed, except, well, it isn’t closed if you work at keeping it open a bit.

But it seems like such a fine line between a clueless individual and someone that’s aggressive and always pushing the envelope?  How does one set realistic goals?  Cause they should be attainable, yet they shouldn’t be easy. Jumping rope 2000 times in 20 minutes is attainable – it just sounds crazy given our current state.  If anything, kettlebell class has helped remind me that my mind is my main obstacle in life – not the world – but the limitations I put on myself when I think “I can’t”.

Maybe I should get that “I’m a mexi-can, not a mexi-can’t” tattoo after all.

Still, because of all the random side bets that go on at work, it seems like balancing out what is and isn’t possible is a challenge we all go through in life.  And I prefer people that err on the side of thinking they can instead of they can’t.  But there is a limit somewhere.  After all, there are people that are hopelessly optimistic and think literally ANYTHING is possible.  And it isn’t.  And I don’t really like those people – they’re boring because the interesting thing in life is adapting to the reality of it.  I guess I really like the people that are willing to try anything, whether it is possible or not. Because they’re learning each time.

Though it is unclear whether we’ll get a skydiving trip out this summer.

But before you give up hope, this post is focused around an event.  A challenge.  Where ambitious will battle delusional.

Monday morning, I’m buying a $30 ostrich egg, then we’re going to boil it for 90 minutes, let it cool for 2 hours, and then Travis is going to eat it in less than an hour. If he does, he makes money.  (Actually, he’s gotta eat it before 45 minutes to make money, 1 hour he breaks even, more than an hour and he’s gotta pay me back for the egg…)

Ambitious or delusional?  We’ll know by lunchtime I imagine.  There might be a webcam…stay tuned.

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