“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed in what you didn’t do than what you did. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain
In 2022, I wanted to quit my job, but I didn’t know why. I was about to leave for her six-week trip to New Zealand, a country she’d always wanted to visit, to work in the production of a sports show. I loved the people I worked with, the company I worked for, and the buzz that live TV gave me. Even that wasn’t enough. I needed to explore these feelings further.
The word “explore” was the key. I went back to her 2004 when I had her 18 year old girl traveling alone in a hostel in Laguna Beach. When I was a kid, I didn’t want to go down the traditional route of getting a job at a company, climbing the corporate ladder, and going to college just to retire with a good pension. The perfect road for many people was not an exciting option for me.
I had traveled the West Coast of the United States in search of adventure and opportunity, but when I returned to London I knew I needed to start thinking seriously about my future and next steps.
I sat in Huntington Beach and took some time to think about what I wanted my life to look like. I wanted to work for a reputable company that offered travel opportunities. I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew it was a good starting point.
A few days later, on July 7th, I was awakened in the early hours of the morning by a fellow Englishman who told me that terrorists had attacked London. For the rest of the day, I was glued to the BBC, watching the tragedy unfold. In between journalism, advertisements depicted BBC correspondents working around the world. It was then that I realized that the BBC might be the right company for me.
A few months later, I returned to London and applied to be an assistant to the BBC’s sister company’s production team. To my surprise, I got the job. I was so excited! New jobs, new people and new opportunities.
During my first week, I overheard my boss talking on the phone with a friend from the BBC Sports department. She was preparing to go to Germany to spend her six weeks leading up to her FIFA World Cup. my heart exploded. That was my dream job. I wanted to work in the field of sports and travel to the most spectacular events on the planet.
I asked my boss who I should contact to get my foot in that department. It wasn’t easy, but after a few attempts and emails to senior production managers, they asked me to come over for coffee and a casual chat.
Fast forward 18 years. I have been involved in the biggest sporting events, from the World Cup in South Africa and Brazil to the London Olympics, the Euros in Poland and Ukraine, numerous F1 and Formula E races on five continents, sailing regattas off the coasts of the world. I have traveled all over the world to work with Cricket in Australia and USA, Caribbean and New Zealand. This is just part of the list.
Travel has shaped my life in many ways. It has impacted my outlook on life, perspectives, relationships and goals. It has taken me out of my comfort zone many times and allowed me to be inspired by new things.
I love my job and still do most of it. So it came as a surprise to me when I got the urge to file a notice.
The truth is, throughout my career, I’ve always been restless. I have always looked for new opportunities within my role. I have been working as a full-time employee, a temporary contract, and a freelancer. I trained to be a teacher, quit TV for a sports documentary job, returned to TV, became a tutor on the side, and started my own business.
It’s not that I was dissatisfied with the TV production. I love exploring new learning environments and presenting myself. The feeling that I had as an 18-year-old who never wanted to go down a common path where society could crush us still lives within me. And I’m not going to change her for her world. If I hadn’t sought a different path, I would never have had the courage to build a lifestyle around my passion, purpose, and skills.
Exploration is one of mankind’s greatest goals. Everything we know about the world comes from people who have explored it before us. Discoveries in medicine, science, technology, religion, geography, space, and philosophy have changed the world for the better. These have led to greater racial and gender equality, poverty alleviation, health and education progress, tolerance and peace, and environmental conservation.
The world is constantly changing, We develop because we need to explore and continue to learn, grow, create, build, make, connect, discuss and try new things.
So if you’re feeling stuck and craving more fulfillment in your day, it might help to remember that there’s a world out there to discover. The time we can spend on earth is finite. Life should be lived, explored and enjoyed. As you explore, you may stumble upon a sweet spot that illuminates you and opens new paths into the future.
Here are three reasons why I believe exploring and discovering new opportunities is the key to a more fulfilling life.
1. Exploration is a natural need of mankind.
It is just as necessary as warmth, affection, food and shelter. Because exploration has been the driving force of humanity since time immemorial, and it is at the heart of everything we do. From the moment we are born, we explore all that we do through play, travel, work, talking, writing, experimenting, singing and interacting with each other. It goes without saying how valuable it is to explore the world through the eyes of children.
From religion to literature, politics to science, design to philosophy, we are constantly asking questions and seeking new ways to develop our minds and abilities. The quest never ends. It’s what keeps us alive as a race.
2. Exploration creates more self-awareness. I believe this is an important aspect of a meaningful life.
This helps people understand their strengths, weaknesses and areas for growth. By increasing your self-awareness, you will gain a deeper understanding of your passions, values, and goals, and will be able to make more intentional choices about how you live your life.
3. Exploration inspires us and gives us hope for a better future.
A vast world awaits exploration outside. It offers adventures to experience, endless possibilities, stories to create and dreams to come true.
Being curious and hungry will help you find goals and options that bring you more fulfillment and happiness. You can follow your dreams with the reassurance that almost everything is figured out. Constant learning changes the way you see the world by discovering what is possible for yourself and others.
Exploring doesn’t have to involve big steps like quitting your job, moving countries, or traveling the world in search of adventure. Instead, we can seek exploration in our daily lives. And the good news is that there are plenty of opportunities to explore and pursue purpose wherever you are in life.
Here are five ways you can quickly introduce exploration into your everyday lifestyle.
1. Look at your passions and interests and find ways to get more involved in them.
Art, animals, baking, singing, decorating, driving, teaching, embroidery, music, sports, whatever interests you, find a way and explore how to incorporate it into your daily or weekly routine. .
This includes internships, volunteering, picking up books, subscribing to podcasts, emailing successful people in their field, and taking classes. Joining this field opens creative channels. The key is to give yourself permission and give yourself time to experiment.
2. Be spontaneous and get out of the boring and predictable routine.
Play a different radio station on your commute, choose a new restaurant or dish for the weekend, take a different route around the park, order something completely different from the menu, choose different vegetables each week. You can cook. Surprises and fascinations await us whenever we are open to exploring new ways. You never know what you will discover.
3. Connect with new like-minded people.
You never know what kind of conversations will evoke new thoughts and perspectives. You can get inspired by a single word, a smile, or an exchange that changes the way you look at a situation. For example, buying from a local business rather than a corporate chain allows you to learn about the owners and the stories behind their products. Their stories may inspire your voyage of exploration.
4. Even if you can’t pack your suitcase and fly to a distant destination, that doesn’t mean you can’t transfer your mind to that destination.
Movies, documentaries, TV shows, and books all take you to new worlds and cultures. Next time you’re reading a good book or chilling out in front of your TV, why not choose a new genre and be open to learning new things?
5. Your outfit is a way of showing the world what you stand for and who you are.
Fashion has a huge impact on how you think, how you feel, and how confident you are. Experiment with different outfits, mix and match what you already have, play in what you feel most confident in, and be tempted to go out and explore.
We can open doors to exploration in our daily lives. After all, the reason for exploration is not to find a purpose in life. The purpose of your life is to live it!
Exploration is a continuous journey towards self-improvement and personal growth that allows us to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. Pursue what you want to do and never give up on chasing your dreams. Your life is what you make it, and it’s worth trying to make it what you want it to be. So let’s go! Explore and discover. Enjoy your trip.