This photo was taken on January 11 of this year. On New Year’s Day, I called Mitch Seavey and asked him if I came to Alaska, would he let me take a dog team out on a ride and see if he thought I might be able to do this?
I was lying in bed after Christmas and had the feeling that I needed to get out of the space I was in. I had to make a change because the condition I was in physically was eating me alive mentally. I knew that if I didn’t get out of that mindset, it was going to be very destructive. So I thought of the craziest thing I could think of to do in December.
I rolled over in bed and said to Mary, “What would you think if I went to Alaska to race dogs?”
She was very kind. She looked at me and said, “Have you lost your flippin’ mind?”
I was very politically correct and said, “Okay.” She felt safe.
After breakfast, we were sitting around the table. I asked my boys, “Jacob, Joseph, what would you think of Dad going to Alaska to race dogs?”
“Yeah, Dad, that’s cool!” Well, I had three votes; what could she say? You see, guys, don’t argue with your sweetheart. Just find a politically correct way to reframe it.
So, on January 11, I went to Alaska to learn.
Find people who are successful and then watch, listen, and ask questions. Watch and duplicate their success. That’s what I did with Mitch.
That’s Jacob. It’s all airborne! We love playing but there’s a risk in playing. But you know what, the spectators right here were taking a bigger risk. That was Mary right there in that snowmobile. She was more scared than I was.
Yes, you take risks in many ways. And maybe some of you don’t take risks quite as much as I do or in ways that I do, but I’ll be glad to share it with you and teach you how. There’s a risk in coming to Young Living’s convention, true or false? You might get addicted to Young Living.
Dr. Anthony Campolo conducted a study in which he interviewed 50 people over the age of 95, asking them, “If you could live life over again, what would you do differently?”
The three most common responses were, “I would reflect more often on my choices.” How many of you here tonight can think of how you could have made more productive choices in things that you’ve done in the past? All of us can, right? Absolutely.
The second response was, “I would do more things that would live on after I’m dead.”
But the third response was, “I would take more risk.” How many of you are ready to take more risk in becoming successful?
Capture an idea and dream about it. You can write these things down if you would like, because this is how to become successful. Talk about your idea with family and friends. Learn everything you can.
So, yes, you have a choice. You can quit right there because it hurt a little bit, or you can forget the hurt and get on with having fun and being happy. Right?
This was another moment that produced a little bit of pain. It resulted in a broken back.
There’s a risk in doing research. There’s a risk in everything you do. There’s a risk in getting out of bed in the morning. There’s a risk when hiking into the jungle looking for plants.
I traveled the Rio Bobonaza between Ecuador and Columbia looking for plants for possible development.
This was going up a tributary off the Amazon River in Peru looking for more plants. This was the week that I got bit and wound up with Chagas disease.* There’s a risk in everything.
*Mayo Clinic website: “Chagas (CHAH-gus) disease is an inflammatory, infectious disease caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which is found in the feces of the triatomine (reduviid) bug.”
How many here want to change your paradigm? Okay, how many are willing to take a risk? Thank you!
Is the risk worth it? What if I take the risk and it doesn’t work out? Do I risk losing my friends? Do I risk losing my marriage? Do I risk everything financially? Do I risk getting hurt physically or mentally? Could I decide that it is not worth the risk? Yes, you can decide that. And unfortunately, many of us at different times in our life make the decision that it’s not worth the risk, and so we don’t do it. We sit back and become disappointed the very next year when we discover we’re in the same place, doing the same thing, having the same thoughts, regretting our life.
Is driving this dune buggy a risk? Yes, it’s a risk. Is it worth it? Well, at the moment of impact, I’d have to say no. But the reality of it is, yes, in the long term, it was worth it. It cost me $28,000 to put my car back together. But do you know how much Nitro we sold after that?
This photo was after the rollover you just viewed. You’ll notice my flags are gone, and the lights are gone off the roof. But after the car rolled seven times, John Whetten, the cameraman, and a couple of his assistants came running down the mountain to help me roll the car back up on its wheels and fire it up and go again. You don’t quit because you have a little rollover.
Next, do research about your idea. For example, if you’re looking at being a Silver or a Platinum, research and learn all you can about the aspects of being that person and what it takes to get there. Study your business; study the market.
Look at the pitfalls. Look at the negative things. Look at everything. Because that’s how you make a firm decision of what you really want to do with your life. It doesn’t matter what it is, whether you’re buying a franchise for an auto parts store or you’re going to be a Royal Crown Diamond; it’s the same principle.
What empowers us to build a business? What enables us to be successful? Changing our paradigm, changing our belief system, changing how we see ourselves! Do I see myself being successful, or do I see myself going down to the welfare office and getting food stamps? I can change my outcome by changing how I see myself.
Some would say it’s fear that keeps us from doing this, and I say, no, it’s not fear. I’ve heard people say the greatest fear is public speaking. If that were true, I wouldn’t be up here on this stage. Public speaking is not the greatest fear. You know what the greatest fear is? It’s taking the risk to change your paradigm.