Last week I watched a show I had PVR'd earlier this month, Josh's Idea. The show follows the life pro wakeboarder Josh Sanders as he tours, works, rides and comes up with crazy ideas.
In the episode I caught, he builds a 200+ ft rail, attaches it to his houseboat and sets a world record for longest railslide.
The idea came together, mainly thanks to Josh's Dad, who drew up the blueprints and built the rail. The show spent some time on Josh's Dad, talking about how he has helped Josh turn his ideas into reality. From a ramp into a foam pit in their backyard, to opening a board shop, to becoming a Supra boat dealer for Australia, his Dad helped him to achieve these goals.
As I watched this show, I wasn't thinking about how sweet rail-sliding a houseboat would be, I thought: "that's the kind of Dad I want to be for Kyler."
I don't want to be a wet blanket on his dreams and ambitions. I don't want to squelch the dreamer inside of him. I want to help him work towards making his dreams and ideas a reality. Sure some of them might fail, but failure isn't final.
It's the dreamers who change the world.
It's innovators that put a dent in the universe.
I want to nurture that spirit in Kyler, not push him towards the status quo.
I want to be the kind of Dad that rebuilds Lightning McQueen to be better than before.
P.S. - I had (and still have) a fantastic father, who always told me to go after it. I am so thankful for him.
Before diving into the smartphone market in April, I went 7 years with a cell phone that could make phone calls and text using T9 word. I told myself: I don't need a smartphone. But now that I have one, I don't know how I lived without it for so long.
So, this week I'll hilite 3 of my favourite apps (outside of the ones found on my homescreen)
If you have never watched a TED talk, you are missing out. They are inspiring, thought-provoking, educational, funny and amazing at the same time. Some of the world's premier thinkers, and some lesser-known geniuses share their expertise/theories in a 20 minute or less video. It's amazing.
It's kind of like Pinterest, but solely for the home. Ideas for the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, backyard. Inspiring architecture, interior design, furniture. I'm kind of addicted.
This handy little app tells me how far I ran, plots it on a map, and also has a coaching feature that will tell me when to run, and when to slow down for a walk. It will pull a playlist from my iTunes and provide me with musical inspiration when I start to hit a wall.
It also allows me to build a "street team" of people who can see how I'm doing and offer encouragement, or a kick in the butt if need be.
Overall a useful app.