“I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.”
– WH Henley
I have just been offered more money than ever before to give one single talk.
I am flattered. I need the cash. It would be great for my speaking profile.
But the date of the event is right in the middle of the chunk of time I have blocked out for a summer expedition.
I had a dilemma.
Should I rearrange or even cancel the expedition? It’s not even up and running yet. My partner is injured. And I need that money. Surely I have to do whatever it takes to get this speaking gig?
But why am I living this life? Why do I make my living as a speaker? I love speaking, but I do it to pay the bills. It is the adventures and the journeys that define who I am.
Years from now what will I hold most dear: a slightly healthier bank balance, or a sweet memory of an epic expedition?
What will I be most proud of decades from now: a juicy cheque, or the nicely composed, beautifully exposed photograph that captures a moment of pure and simple happiness?
What will do more good for my life: a very well-paid corporate talk, or staying true to my path, being the captain of my soul?
I turned down the talk.
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