CHALLENGE: The Simplest Way To Make Your Adventure Happen

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This post is the second in a series helping you learn, How To Make Your Adventure Of A Lifetime happen. Check out the conversation from last week’s post as Posse members shared their Adventure of a Lifetime.

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Today, I’m calling you out.

 

Well… maybe not YOU, but I’m calling out a large portion of the Adventure Sauce Posse.

I’m challenging you to take the next step.

I’m drawing a line in the e-sand.

You are either with us or you aren’t.

You are either Extraordinary or you are Normal.

You are either ready to make the Adventure Of Your Lifetime a reality or not.

I explain myself in this video

 

 

 

Here’s what’s got me fired up…

 

Last week, about 26 people shared the Adventure of their Lifetime on AS & Youtube. SWEET, right?

There were some really inspiring adventures too. It got me all ooo-eey gooey inside to hear from the BALLAS we have in our audience.

Here are a few adventures that stood out…

  • Phillip will row a boat from California to Hawaii.
  • Vicky is riding her bike to 28 countries, 28 cancer centers, and sharing 28 cancer survivor stories.
  • Ruth has a different sort of adventure. She writes,

“It isn’t necessary to travel to a new city, state, country, nation, or world to have an adventure of a lifetime… My adventure of a lifetime involves first within my community. Its my passion to expand and get to know people, be the support that others need to provide themselves their own ability to achieve what they want.”

BOOM, right?

It makes me tingle to hear courage like that.

This is some SICK inspiring shit and there are a bunch more, you can read them all here. If you didn’t get a chance to join our conversation, then take a minute and share your Adventure of a Lifetime now. Or take a minute to give another person encouragement.

AND as a dude who runs a blog… you might be wondering, shouldn’t I be happy people are sharing? There are 33 comments on the post, which is more than 99% of other blogs get (admittedly half of the comments are me giving mucho e-love).

Shouldn’t I be dancing a little jig over here?

Shouldn’t I be happy people are sharing their dreams?

Well, I am… sort of.

But I also know that there over 1500 people in our Posse.

Over 1500 people got an email and only 26 took action.

Hmmm…

It got me thinking,

Are you taking action towards your dreams?

 

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***See photo credits at the bottom

 

It’s time to uncage the Monster.

 

Now… sure, some people in our community are here, because they have already went on the Adventure of a Lifetime. Others are out there right now and can’t check their email. Some are so busy running, running, running around their life, they don’t even check their email.

While other’s watched my mini-viral video, thought it was cool, and are hoping for more videos with naked ladies in them. :)

But I’m betting a large percentage of people saw the post, thought about their Adventure Of A Lifetime… but they didn’t bother to share.

They didn’t bother to give Vicky an e-High Five for spreading the love about cancer survivors, or tell Phillip “DUDE, you are nuts!!!! Don’t you know the Pacific Ocean is pretty darn HUGE. Buy a plane ticket! ;)

Some people did nothing, even though there is a MONSTER adventure caged in their heart, just waiting to burst forth.

Well… if this is you, then I’m calling you out.

Today. This minute. Right now. YOU.

I’m challenging you to come with us to the next phase.

Come with us to the Land of Action.

 

Normal People never take Action.

 

Normal People never even take the first step. Normal People stay put in the “Passive Consumer” phase… they think, “Nice video. Gosh, I could never do that. CLICK.”  They watch, read, subscribe to cool blogs, but they never start the Action Phase.

Sure… Normal People do what they are told.

  • They go to work, so their boss won’t be upset.
  • They do their homework, so their parents will pat them on the head.
  • They take their girlfriend out for a fancy dinner, so they can get a little lovin’.

But they never take the Bold Action that they really want to.

Years past and they never achieve their dreams.

 

If you are here, you aren’t one of those Normal People… right?

 

You chose to read Adventure Sauce for a reason and I’m inviting you to take the next step.

You are here, because you want to take action to make your dreams happen.

You don’t need to have all the answers…

You just need to start DOING SHIT.

 

One step at a time, one day at a time.

If you are here to just sit in your chair, click, & watch like this is Jerry Springer Adventure TV…

Then you need to leave. :/

 

Be a Doer Make Adventure Happen

 

Ready for a challenge?

 

I’m issuing a challenge to every member of Adventure Sauce.

Take action with us.

Or go.

Start your Adventure of a Lifetime now… whatever that is.

  • Maybe you want to start a SICK blog about belly button lint… well, write a post about why you love belly lint.
  • Maybe you want to write a trilogy about robots taking over the world… well, write the first page.
  • Maybe you want to start your own free drumming circles in your area… well, go to a drum circle and meet some people.
  • Maybe you want to travel the world after school… well, start practicing now, by traveling around your city.

Yo… your life is zooming past and the only people that achieve their dreams are those who start NOW.

Be an Action Taker.

Be a Do-er.

If you aren’t ready for that, then you gotta go.

Action Takers have their energy ZAPPED by Normal People… they are always waiting, analyzing, worrying, postponing, dissing, and loafing through their life.

If you don’t want to turn your life into an adventure, then spend your time somewhere else. Go subscribe to the blogs that are based around what you are interested in and what you are willing to take action for.

 

But you are scared, right?

 

It is terrifying to take that first action.

  • Maybe you will fail
  • Maybe you will look like a fool
  • Maybe your parents will be mad
  • Maybe your girlfriend will dump yo’ ass
  • Maybe your friends will laugh at you
Hey… it happens.

The path to your dreams won’t be full of lollipops, free beer, and full body massages.

But I get so excited for the person, who is sitting in their chair right now… who is reading this and their guts are turning in discomfort. OOOOhhhh….. but they know it is THEIR TIME. Being challenged to live your dreams can be unnerving, it can make you feel sick, it can make you want to run like HELL out of the room.

Or maybe want to send me an email telling me to take a flying fucking leap off the nearest cliff. Click here to give me the e-middle finger.

 

But I know it is time for you to shine.

You know it too.

You can do it.

Join us.

Now.

 

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Here’s the Simplest Way To Start…

You don’t need all the answers. You don’t need to be a pro, you just need to DO.

In fact, the simplest way to make the Adventure of Your Lifetime happen is to…

Do one thing a day to work towards your goal.

 

There aren’t any RIGHT answers to this… There aren’t any WRONG answers. Your Adventure is your Art.

DOING will teach you way more, than reading will.

If you are confused about where to start, then just do one thing that makes the most sense to you.

Doing is a habit.

Action takes practice.

So start now…

 

Here is an action you can do today…

 

Share the Adventure of your lifetime here.

Boom… if you’ve done that already, then here are some more suggestions.

  • Comment and encourage someone else on the Adventure of their Lifetime.
  • Share what you will do tomorrow to make your adventure happen in the comments below. (Yo! No right or wrong answers, no judgements, we are here to help).
  • Ask a question in the comments for help on a specific subject.
  • Answer a question in the comments for someone else.

 

Do you see what I’m getting at?

Chris Guillebeau built a monster blog, The Art of Non-Conformity, by doing 5 actions a day. Of course, he had been practicing taking action on his own businesses for 10 years.

Leo Babauta writes about Zen Habits on his huge blog and he writes down 3 actions he wants to accomplish every day.

But if you are a beginner, just start with 1 action a day.

Then build up from there.

 

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Maybe you think this email is a little harsh… but I’d expect you to tell me the same thing.

If you noticed I wasn’t living up to my potential, if I wasn’t being the Present, Conscious BADASS you know I can be, then I’d expect a slap in the face.

My deepest heart would love the shit out of it too. :)

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I can’t wait to hear from you in the comments. Please share with your friends.

 

And if we are saying goodbye for now… I bid you goodbye with LOVE. :)

If you have questions, are shy about sharing, or want to let me know what you think, you can write me an email by clicking here.

 

Your friend,

- Benjamin

 

*** PS. Credit to Angela Lynch for taking the photos.

48 Responses to CHALLENGE: The Simplest Way To Make Your Adventure Happen
  1. Benjamin Turner
    September 25, 2012 |

    I’m trying to walk from San Diego, California to the Coast of Maine.

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      September 25, 2012 |

      Yo Benjamin,

      Sick art on your site.

      Are you walking now?

      • Benjamin Turner
        September 25, 2012 |

        Haven’t started walking yet, thanks so much brutha. And I am trying to sell my Mac and a few other things to get the initial funding, then use my blog as a “kickstarter” type funnel, so that hopefully i can get funding on the rode.

    • Elyrah Rayne
      September 25, 2012 |

      Enjoy your trip!! New Hampshire, Maine, the White Mountains are beautiful.. I’ll be headed from NH to LA by foot/hitchhiking this spring when classes are done.

      • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
        September 25, 2012 |

        God the White Mtns must be beautiful in the spring.

      • Benjamin Turner
        September 25, 2012 |

        Thanks so so much. That’d be amazing to run into you along the way. It’s really great to be a part of this community. it’s super encouraging.

    • Nicole
      October 11, 2012 |

      Your adventure reminds me of this passage by Ann Douglas in her intro to The Dharma Bums, “A Hoop for the Lowly”:

      “After crisscrossing the country half a dozen times by car with Dean Moriarty [in On the Road], Sal feels like a traveling salesman watching the landscape speed by in a blur—he has missed ‘the pearl’ he sought. Next time, he will make a ‘pilgrimage on foot.’ The Dharma Bums recounts the sequel. … hopeful he is now leaving his ‘recent years of drinking and disappointment’ behind, Ray vows to tramp ‘all over the West and… the East, and the desert,’ ‘making it the purer way’ at last.”

      Your pilgrimage on foot sounds amazing. Good luck!

      PS I’m from the coast of NH, it is beautiful.

  2. Angela Penrose
    September 25, 2012 |

    Benjamin,

    You rock! Thanks for the encouragement. I’m training to become a pilot, even though I’m scared shitless everytime I leave the ground… Just wanted to say I really dig what you write, and I needed to hear these words right now.

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      September 25, 2012 |

      SWwwweeettt Angela. :)

      Rock that AIR!

      Learning to fly is on my list of things to do.

      I’m curious if you have a feeling of Euphoria, when you land?

  3. Crystal
    September 25, 2012 |

    Oh hello, you caught me. I was just clicking around hoping nobody would notice. I signed up for the posse, because I dig your book about being unshy. And I’m doing the work, I’m baby-stepping, I’m out there talking to people. And I’m introducing myself to you. (Ta-da!) So far that’s the adventure, but I have some ideas I’ll share with you soon. Thank you for being you. It’s an awesome gift!

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      September 25, 2012 |

      Yo Crystal!

      Thanks for intro-in’ yourself. Baby steps are completely cool! :)

      You are a gift too

  4. Manu
    September 25, 2012 |

    I’ll really start to look at buying a van
    then turn it into something where I can sleep in and then travel all around :)

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      September 25, 2012 |

      Vans are a sick way of seeing the world, right?

      I might look into one… one day, when I want to settle down ;)

      Let me know what you find. Westfalia’s are a popular option.

  5. Liviu Pop
    September 25, 2012 |

    I wanna walk around the Black Sea for a year (around 7.000 kilometers). Like really walking, step by step. For that I need to learn Russian and Turkish and find some really good shoes. Like 10 pairs of them (after walking the Camino in Spain I broke one pair of shoes).

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      September 25, 2012 |

      haha… I got a sweet pair of boots, I love. Hit me up and I’ll point you :)

      What inspired your walk around the Black Sea?

  6. Rich
    September 25, 2012 |

    What’s up

    I fly from Canada to Melbourne on Friday morning. When I get there my adventure continues. I am going to be working to keep on top of my funds. What would anyone suggest to do in the first few days??

    Ben, you really are a true inspiration. Your latest video is just a constant reminder to me that I have so many things that I want to do, and that in order to do them I have to get off of my ass and go do them!

    1. Spend a week camping in the outback
    2. Learn to surf
    3. Snorkel for a week at the Great Barrier Reef
    4. Volunteer working with children in Asia

    And much more!

    Now I have to ask, what adventures do you have planned???

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      September 25, 2012 |

      Do you mean suggestions for your first few days in Melbourne, Rich?

      If so… I lived there for 5 months and had a great time on the Great Ocean Road. Wilson’s Promontory is a nearby nature place where you can hike in and the beach meets the mountains (keep an eye out for sharks!).

      And def go do the outback… my buddy went, rented a trucker camper thang and had a ridiculous adventure. I missed it and it haunts me.

  7. Vicky
    September 25, 2012 |

    I love what you are doing Ben. Thanks for the mention..the encouragement keeps the pedaling mission going…to the readers, if I can survive cancer, domestic violence, rape, and childhood molestation, then decide at my young age of ** to set out on a self supported bike tour to spread kindness currency and share my story..what is your excuse? You are never too old, or too young to live your dream..take your adventure..

  8. kai ward
    September 25, 2012 |

    Hey Benjamin!

    we’ve shot a few emails and videos back and forth awhile ago. i’d say that i don’t have an explicit adventure of a lifetime. i enjoy and love the adventures that i do go on, whether it be climbing mt. fuji this summer, or backpacking in the wyoming wilderness last summer. i’ve only tired hitch hiking once, its certainly an interesting experience but i personally favor hiking on my own. the adventure of my lifetime(so far) was last year in long island https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Port+Jefferson,+NY&daddr=40.92535,-73.0475+to:40.88421,-73.10487+to:Great+River,+NY&hl=en&ll=40.731649,-72.766571&spn=0.608771,1.392517&sll=40.906248,-73.104401&sspn=0.303587,0.696259&geocode=FTjLcAIdJw2l-ymtTqmcQ0DoiTEt17U7g5Ytxg%3BFaZ4cAIdNGKl-ynLs4Zx-0DoiTGoqwV3PgD2Nw%3BFfLXbwIdGoKk-ym5NwXEvTjoiTF_PQZFXbMWiQ%3BFTpbbQIdErSj-ylVmO4SaDToiTF0mHTtOheTGw&mra=dvme&mrsp=2&sz=11&via=1,2&t=h&z=10 2 days no phone no money to anything just me, my flip-flops, and the road.

    much love for you and the posse,
    kai

    p.s. i turn 17 four days ago.

  9. Matt Horwitz
    September 25, 2012 |

    B Jenks, lovin’ the inspiration! Thanks for all you do buddy, and diggin’ the encouraging words!!

  10. Ken Uehara
    September 25, 2012 |

    You continue to be an inspiration, Benjamin. You are truly living your purpose.

  11. Jerri
    September 25, 2012 |

    Wow! Seeing all these adventures on here is inspirational. Mine might be a little different, since I can’t really travel anywhere at the moment.

    I’ve always been on someone else’s payroll or receiving assistance (unemployement or disability), and I see how un-secure relying on a full-time job can be. So, my adventure is two-fold:

    1) To start my own small business that I can do online & start supporting myself through that. Being able to work from anywhere and still meet all my obligations would be fabulous!

    2) As a musician I’ve always wondered what it would be like to record a CD of original music & actually have folks like it enough to buy it. My husband had a singing group that produced a CD and it was a great experience to see them go through recording & performing songs from it. Some of my other friends have done it as well. I’m somewhat shy, so it would be an adventure to just do an EP (a shorter version of a CD).

    So, now that I said it, there’s no turning back. Diving in….

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      September 25, 2012 |

      Making a CD would be a dream of many & so would starting a small business.

      I can’t wait to hear how these go for you, Jerri… Keep us posted. :)

  12. Steve
    September 25, 2012 |

    My adventure of a life time is to travel the world and meet as much people as possible, learn about different cultures, experience tasting new foods, taking risks like sky diving in new zealand, hiking in for a month in the rain forest. My adventure is under way, earlier this summer I decided I wanted to hitch hike all over the east coast of Canada…. Well I did just that!! And I had an amazing time doing it! I got to see all the things I wanted to and got to the places I wanted to get to and met such amazing people. I’m still currently on the east coast, the next place I want to go to is Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica, and backpack all over there while its winter in Canada. I’m taking action by staying at a friends (who is letting me stay at her place for free) and get a job for a couple months and save up until I have enough and then head down to Central America. I know with a lot of hard work this will become a reality!

  13. Ruth Arevalo
    September 25, 2012 |

    Today is described by this
    “The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain,he is inspired by it. The persistent winner is not discouraged by a problem, he is challenged by it. Mountains are created to be conquered; adversities are designed to be defeated; problems are sent to be solved.”
    Despite my ill body today. I was educated, I helped children, I made someone smile, I cooked with laughter, I read someones thoughts, and also encouraged one to reach for the stars. My adventure has begun…..

  14. Risseth!
    September 26, 2012 |

    well the ” actions” I’m taking is my blog, to start, I started the blog then abandoned it and then I don’t know what made me go back to it and I haven’t stopped since. I realized that to get followers, views or comments, I have to post everyday, even if it is a small picture. I’ve got 29 followers already (not much) but I’ve got most of them in the last few weeks when I started to blog everyday.
    Another action is that I really want to travel after I graduate in april, so I’m kinda travelling in my own country, not really travelling since Panama is so small but just wandering around with my camera, my sunglasses and my thoughts. And with this I kill two birds with one bullet: getting used to travel on my own and having a subject to talk about in the blog.
    Other than that, the most important action I need to take is find a job and start saving shit load of money hahaha
    Oh! I’m also doing bracelets and little things like that to save money as well..

    I know I’ll make it.
    Yesterday, a friend, a really good friend of mine told me that I wasn’t gonna make it. It really hit me, but it made me realize that in reality, nobody is going to agree with me and my crazy thoughts, because they are normal, like you say. And I’ve always felt like a stranger, even in my house.
    So, I’m taking actions on my own, with little help and my big dreams on my side.

    Thanks for your awesome posts, I’ll keep reading them to fill me up with enthusiasm and courage :D

    PS. this is what I’m doing in case you are wondering http://wanderlusteverywhere.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/green-saturday-morning/
    not much, but something :)

    Risseth!

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      September 26, 2012 |

      You are taking a HUGE action, Risseth.

      You don’t even realize how many people are too scared to start a blog and share their thoughts. Huge courage there.

      I’m excited for your journey and will check out your post. Thanks for sharing what we are doing too. (One way to get people to check out your blog is to make friends with other bloggers on the same wavelength :) .

      I’m with you!

  15. Dan
    September 26, 2012 |

    Hey Ben – I find your posts inspiring and they get me in the mood for adventure! I’ve had several cool adventures abroad, but now I live in a van in my favourite place in the world with new friends all around – I wake up next to gorgeous beaches, and this is a new adventure. I’m trying to mould a life where I make a living from hobbies – not a soul-sucking 9-5 job, and it feels just as exciting as an expedition to Borneo. Love ya bro. Come to Cornwall. x

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      September 26, 2012 |

      Sounds like a sweet gig, Dan. That is what is all about…

      Every moment’s an adventure. :) Love you too bro DADDY

  16. Reinis Miks
    September 26, 2012 |

    Each week I have small adventure – this week I am going to do bycicle trip for 3 days and geocaching. As i just started studies in university I can`t go on big adventures but hopefully in summer I will hitchhike to Turkey.

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      September 26, 2012 |

      Small adventures are great too. I’ve been taking a lot of mini-adventures here as I’m working on a project.

  17. Joseph
    September 26, 2012 |

    Wow! thanks for using my question in one of your posts,
    (http://www.adventuresauce.com/2012/08/meet-people-traveling/trackback/ just realized, you even posted it on my birthday!)
    Love what youre doing man, why? Because you’re out there doing it, haha. Lil late in answering to this post, I’m in the middle of my own adventure, traceling and living/working out of a suitcase. ;)
    Thank you for posting your videos and challenges, it’s important to lock arms with like minded people to help bring awareness so people can add adventure to life however it looks for the individual.

    P.S. ouch on the MTV note, that’s good!

  18. Javy
    September 27, 2012 |

    Surf lessons.
    Hawaii.
    Hitch in Hawaii.
    Share myself with others. start a youtube channel.
    Paint.
    Explore this musical force that wants to come out of me. Drum. Electronic.
    Camper van.

    thank u sir!

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      September 27, 2012 |

      Can’t wait to see that Youtube Channel… I’ve been wanting a little Hawaii vacation myself recently.

      Thanks Javy!

  19. Beryl
    September 27, 2012 |

    Impossible to know where to begin – so much juicy info here. Weirdly today is the day one for my youngest son, age 19 to start his blog http://www.entrepreneurfromscratch.tv

    He is loving reading your thoughts and links.

  20. Luis Lopez
    September 27, 2012 |

    dude! last year i found your blog.. after that i traveled, was a big trip for me.. in that time , the adventure of a life time! so thanks bro.. inspiring shit i found here.. but now, let me share the adventure i want to take.. i want to go to India and work as a volunteer with kids, thats what im trying to do now! ..

  21. Kyle
    October 19, 2012 |

    Walking the Appalachian Trail is one of many dreams i have and i will start to work on to become real. You rock dude.
    Kyle

  22. JDP
    October 19, 2012 |

    So I feel like my largest obstacle at the moment is that I still have 9 months on my current apartment lease and my brother is renting a room from me. I don’t want to ruin my credit as a renter, because I need to rent when I get back from my journey and the people here look out for me, so I’m not going to screw my bro or them over. A buddy suggested renting it out..that’s an Idea, but I pay a expensive lease and I think to pay $1500/mo to share a place is a tough sell, I could be ass out!? That sucks too, cuz I’m ready to quit my job a bail out in January if I’m able!?

  23. Jamesie boy
    October 20, 2012 |

    Awesome post! I just made a word document made up of lists such as things i need to do before travelling, things I want to do, and places i want to go. ACTION,ACTION,ACTION!

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