Stretch Goals: “I’d like to fly but I can’t even swim” – The Kinks, “Superman”

I am fully in favor of absurd and ridiculous goals

Super HeroGoals are important, and I am fully in favor of absurd and ridiculous goals, as long as a modicum of reason is included.

Goals are steps along the way to our vision of what we want to become.

Having “Stretch Goals,” simply what you might achieve if everything goes perfectly in a near perfect world, can be extremely motivating and lead to amazing results.

Because you just might surprise yourself . . .

You know why? Sometimes things do go perfectly and parts of the world ARE perfect at times. You just might surprise yourself . . .

I remember well a conversation with Stephen Northcutt years ago, where he told me he thought something was impossible. Maybe so, but I responded with “Stephen, I know you’ve done many things people thought were impossible, and so have I.”

We have all done things others thought ranged from damn improbable to impossible

Most have us, whether we realize it or not, have done things others thought ranged from damn improbable to impossible. It happens all the time.

Parts of each of our lives are amazing to others and probably would seem to be to us years ago, but we take them for granted now.

If you think you can’t, you won’t try – at least not seriously, and failure is assured. If you think you can, well, at very least maybe . . .

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
― Henry Ford

Now I don’t want this to come off as bragging, because quite honestly you do not want my life or lifestyle, and I probably don’t want yours either (despite the “grass is always greener on the other side” syndrome).

  • People pay me to fly around the world and check out what THEY are doing in infosec? And they take my advice? Maybe I should be paying them?
  • I’m a fat middle aged short bald (exaggerating about the bald part) man who quite commonly runs 10+ miles and bikes centuries (100 mile rides) – personal goals I was told were absurd, that are no big deal now.
  • Despite loving food, I could barely even make decent coffee recently never mind cook. Now I have Cordon-Bleu trained chefs wanting to cook with me to check out what I’m doing (the best chefs are very curious).
  • I’m still a fat middle aged short bald (and still exaggerating about the bald part) man and for some reason as I gracefully mature, beautiful, talented, and exciting women ranging from half my age on up want to grace my life with their presence.

If I don’t think about it, all of the above seem commonplace and normal to me. But just a few years ago they were not.

Out of your league? Ain’t no such shit!

We all have things we do that we would have considered incredible, perhaps “out of our league” (ain’t no such shit!), and impossible previously. We just don’t think about or analyze them.

Oh, I may also grow a fiercesome beard, devote my life to playing the blues, and tour the world playing blues piano. So damn unlikely, improbable, and practically impossible.

You need dreams – they sometimes come true.

Off the bang on the piano now. See ya!

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