Is It Time To Let Off The Gas?

A lot of recent advice I’ve heard is that when you reach the end of the project, you’ve got to push hard. Probably harder than you’ve ever pushed before.

To be a success, you’ve got to give it your all. Push the pedal to the metal and floor it.

But could this line of thinking be wrong? Could it be it’s time to let off of the gas?

Blazing through the snow on a snowmobile

Image by Paul Williams

I got to thinking about this after a recent snowmobile accident I had. It was also my first time on a sled.

My friend was showing me the ropes. We were blazing through the snowmobile trails in the woods near his home.

Midway through the trip, we decided to head back for a quick repair on his snowmobile. Right before we arrived at his house, he made a beeline for a snowbank.

Leadership Lessons From Whitewater Rafting

I had the privilege of taking several members of my school’s leadership team to the U.S. National Whitewater Center about a month ago. After exhausting ourselves by embarking on adventures such as high-ropes courses, canyon-crossing zip-lines, and category 4 whitewater rapids, we decided to relax by watching other teams attempt to navigate the most challenging rapids: a quick drop into churning water that forces the raft to turn left just before a severe drop over the largest rapid in the complex.

Rafting expedition in Colorado

Image by Wesley Fryer

We laughed, joked, and, occasionally, cringed with one another as people fell out of their rafts. As the last wave of rafts came through, I noticed a small boy – perhaps 6 or 7 years old – at the front of the raft. There was a man with him at the front that I assume was his father. If you are not familiar with rafting, the strongest team members are usually placed at the front to determine the pace for the rest of the raft. It is also the place in the raft where one is most likely to get thrown-out headfirst into the rapids. So, while it is a place of honor, it is also a risky place to be.