How to Get Through Hard Times

It's important to have a work-life balance and today it was time for me to get out and go kayaking. Today I'm going to discuss a couple of subjects.

My friends used to pick on me a lot because I jumped from hobby to hobby. They said I'd master something and then I'd move on. Then I found whitewater kayaking about 10 years ago and I stuck with it.

I think the reason is that it became who was and not something I did. Kayaking has brought me all over the country and I've had some amazing adventures, but I've had a lot of hard times along the way. The first day I went whitewater kayaking, I flipped and swam six times. It was a freezing cold day in a cold Arkansas river, but I kept going. I've also had some scary swims. I swam once in the Grand Canyon through massive waves. It hard to even find a place to get a breath, but I kept going because kayaking is who I am, it's not something I just do.

I think it's important to find those things in life that are who you are. Then it's easier not to quit on yourself, to keep going and pursue your dreams, and push through the hard times.

The other thing obviously is work-life balance. I've got a job other than my business and have been working hard. Also, my wife is having some health issues, so I've been doing more around the house. Then I'm also trying to get my business going. Today I just really needed to get outside and get to one of my favorite places. I've been over there surfing on a wave for hours and it has been very relaxing and very therapeutic.

In summary, figure out the things that are who you are, not just things you do and that will help you to stick with them. Also, make sure you take the time to get outside and play a little bit. Find your work-life balance. It will help you in the long run. You'll have more energy and the ability to pursue your goals and push through the hard times.