I Used to Ride My Bike to Camp as a Kid

When I was 12 years old I rode my own bike to camp (with no helmet mind you).

It was literally close to 5 miles from my house.

I would get up at around 7am, take my tennis rackets in hand (it was a tennis camp), and haul ass all the way there.

I’d play tennis for close to 8 hours and then ride my bike all the way back home.

Back then (early 90s) no one even gave that a second thought.

No one looked at me weird and wondered where the hell my parents were.

Back then I could leave my house for 8 hours at a time and my parents didn’t worry about me.

They just assumed I’d be home by dinner.

It was a completely different world back then.

Why am I even bothering to bring this up?

Today’s World

As you well know, in today’s world that situation would be considered ludicrous.

Leaving your kid outside your house for more than 5 minutes is considered lunacy.

Letting your own kid ride their bike to day camp?  Hahahahaha.  Insanity.

We’re in a different culture.

And as much as I’d love to leave my kids to their own devices for 8 hours at a time, that’s just not the way the world works anymore.

I have two choices.

I can rebel and just go old school or I can adapt and figure out a realistic path for my kids that combines today’s norms with a mix of my own values.

I choose to adapt.

The same goes for business

The “old school” way will always have its place but it’s not THE place.

Never leave yourself behind.

Never not recognize the reality of the world around you.

It doesn’t mean you can’t still be you.

But it does mean you have to be realistic and you have to be strategic.

The key is to have the right mixture of adherence to today’s times and staying true to you.

Having trouble adjusting?  DM me.

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