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Time to restart, reboot, and begin again (yet again)?

By May 17, 2022September 21st, 2022No Comments

A Distillation: A short and useful lesson

Hey there. You may have wondered where I’ve been. Me too. In a nutshell: I sat with the questions above, mulled things over … and I’m back on the bike.

I don’t always decide to go on.

I sketched this article out when I was sitting, watching the sunrise, at Bondi Beach – it’s one of Sydney’s classic destinations – and it brought to mind the moment about ten years ago that I tried to learn to surf here.

Even though the waves were tiny, even though the surfboard I was trying to stand up on was as stable as a jetty and just as wide … for some reason, I could not manage it. I ended the day defeated … as I did when I tried and failed again in Tofino and then again in Hawaii. Clearly, this man is not meant to surf.

But, a newsletter? I’m happy to get back on the board, paddle out through the breakers, and see if I can catch a new wave to shore.

There’s still nourishment for me to harvest from the fields of pleasure (I like to teach and write), mastery (I’m still striving for a newsletter that’s helpful, entertaining, irresistible), and impact (an avenue to unlock people’s greatness.

And as it happens, the gods of my Sydney visit were nudging me forward. The cafe where I wrote this? It was called Chapter One.

And sunrise, of course. A new day. Warmth. Light. A moment of renewal.

In that translucent moment, I realized that the offer to restart was not a burden but a beckoning.

If we’re lucky, we’ll have the pleasure of starting something again, a chance to reimagine the work and reimagine ourselves.

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.