I used to do a lot of backpacking.
On one trip, a buddy of mine and I decided to cut across a huge valley.
There wasn’t any marked trail, so we had to wing it.
This was before most people had GPS enabled devices, so we had to learn how to triangulate.
Meaning take an old fashioned map, put it on the ground, and try to estimate which mountains around us were which mountains on the map.
Then we’d line up the map so it matched the mountains, and drew a line from each peak, on the map, toward the center.
Where they all crossed was our location.
The smaller of a triangle, in the center, the more accurate the location.
Usually this is a pretty good way to check where you are, if you know now.
But it does require an accurate map.
And accurate maps require things like planes and satellites.
Way back in the day, before they had those things, maps were much less accurate.
If you look at some maps from way back before humans started traveling around the globe, they were very vague.
Kind of like the maps in the beginning of fantasy adventure books.
Before agriculture and societies were invented, nobody knew where anything was.
Nomads just spread out across the earth, following the sun and the edge of the sea.
Probably the most BAMF’s of all time, when it comes to navigation, were the Polynesians who went across vast oceans.
All they had were stars, ocean currents, and paddles.
Nobody does that unless they have a very STRONG reason to.
To explore, discover, conquer.
You might say that’s the human spirit.
To keep learning, discovering and creating more.
Even if you never leave the city of your birth, you have that ancient drive.
To keep doing more of SOMETHING.
If you can put that ancient drive to good use, you can create a pretty good life.
Build a business, create works of art, find new scientific discoveries.
This does require that you get in the game and get your hands dirty.
No maps would have been made, no treasure discovered, no peaks climbed if those ancient explorers had played it safe.
Get in touch with that ancient nomad.
The explorer within you.
And get in the game and get some.