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Skiers vs. People Who Ski

Skiers ski. They have a set of clear and defined goals. They have a stated and specific number of days they want to lock in (30), and they have some personal objectives – to improve their turns, to get better in moguls, to increase stamina, to be comfortable on more challenging runs or to explore some new terrain.

Skiers have a clear plan and passion.

Skiers pay attention to the weather, to snow conditions and to the calendar. Skiers can see a ski day coming from a week out. Skiers see winter as a short and precious season and they attack it. They put plans together, they book days and they go.

Then there are people who ski …

When they ski, they like it enough, but they like other stuff too. They like skiing, but they are not passionate about it. In fact, they’d jump at a chance to fly away to the heat in the middle of ski season. They can let days if not weeks go by without feeling the urgency to get out there and get their turns in because they have other things that interest and engage them.

They are not a skier; they are a person who skis and they are likable enough.

Sometimes a person who skis gets lucky – as I did – and they meet a skier to chase and they get converted.

Of course, everything breaks down this way:

There are people who cook and there are people who have to eat.

There are people who drive and there are people who need to get somewhere.

There are people who work out, and there are people who go to the gym.

There are dads, and there are fathers.

There are teachers who inspire, and there are teachers who get their summers off.

There are people who are in business to make a point and people who are in it to make a buck.

There are artists, and there are biters (this is what my artist friend Jeff calls copy cats.)

There are entrepreneurs, and there are people who own jobs.

There are leaders, and there are managers.

The list is endless.

So what are you?

Are you a person who is what you are, or are you a person who does what you do?

Be it. Don’t do it.

Being it is much more interesting and rewarding.



Comments (2)

While I understand the point – I’d like to think that I’m a mix of “what I am” and “what I do”. I think we all are. I need to get somewhere (the gym) – but driving doesn’t excite me, but when I get to the gym “I work out”, I don’t just “go to the gym”. Do you really think it’s possible to be “what I am” in every aspect of one’s life?

No I don’t. To your point, sometimes we’re just on the bus getting there. The point is that when you’re there, be there. Fully and completely.

I have learned over the last 10 years to find true joy in focussing, and mastering only a few things completely.

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