We think having an extraordinary life starts with trying new things, and we’re excited that you agree. The first issue of this ezine starts off with a monster of a new challenge: Driving from London to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in a car with 3 people you barely know. Sound crazy? Well, maybe a little bit, but we were lucky enough to interview this brave woman before the journey and after, and we caught it all for you on video.You may or may not want to try something like this, but we think you’ll find a lot of wisdom in why Sherry did it and what she learned about herself and her relationships that you can apply to your own life.
We’ll be highlighting a variety of challenges in this ezine, from things you can try immediately in your own home or city to events like the Mongol Rally that take a lot of planning and preparation. Every challenge is from the perspective of someone doing it for the very first time so you can share in the excitement of being a beginner. You’ll also find resources and sponsors for these challenges in the sidebar should you decide to take the challenge on yourself. If you have an idea for something you want to try or if you’ve recently tried something you think others would like, you can always reply to any of our emails and let us know. We’d love to hear from you!
Speaking of something new, we need a logo and design for this ezine. What image comes to mind when you think of trying something new? Reply to this email if you have an idea and we’ll announce the new design in the next issue. The winner gets a copy of our upcoming guide, Dream.Save.Do.
Until next time, we challenge you to try something new every day.
We talked to Sherry 2 days before the start of the race at a pub in London. She was nervous, excited, and a little bit dazed that this was about to happen. Check out the video to see what we mean, and then watch the followup video below to find out what she thought about her 5-week adventure.
What did Sherry learn?
She realized how good she is at mediation and that she has more patience than most people (how’s that for a life skill?).
She learned to drive a car from the right side and shift with her left hand (the car was from the UK)
She learned that you can plan a lot, but you have to realize that the real-life scenario is always going to throw a curveball
She learned that you can always find someone to help you along the way, even when you don’t speak the language. People are inherently good.
What did her team do right?
They did more thorough planning than most of the teams, and they were among the few to finish. It pays to plan.
They negotiated great sponsorships ahead of time for high-cost items like fuel and the actual car for the race
They started planning early
What would she do differently next time?
She would try to find a team in the same location. Hers spread 2 countries and 3 cities, so in-person planning never happened.
Plan better for visas, which was doubly different because of two different citizenships among her team
She would have taken less stuff and even considered a smaller team – most small cars only had 2-3 people and hers had 4
What does she recommend for someone thinking of doing the Mongol Rally next year?
Registration is open now, but if you don’t make it don’t worry. Many people sign up early and drop out, or people sign up and build a team later, so you can find a spot by doing some really basic research online if you don’t make the original registration.
Get the fundraising done as soon as possible. You raise a specific amount for the Mongolian charity, but you can donate excess to a charity of your choice. That can be a huge motivator in fundraising if you can tie in a personal story or local charity.
Be inventive with fundraising: throw events, parties, auction, and sign up sponsors related to cars and racing.
Try to put together a team from the same area to make planning and fundraising easier.
Get on any sponsorship requests early, and focus on local sponsors instead of national ones (they are easier to get and work with)
You can read more on Sherry’s adventure through a series of blog posts, videos, and photos at Ott’s World.
Stay tuned for our next issue, where we…well, we can’t give it all away, can we?
We’ll leave with a final glamorous picture from Sherry’s adventure. Remember, trying something new doesn’t always work out like you expect, but that’s usually when you learn the most. Until next time, we hope you continue to Try Something New every day.
We believe the key to an extraordinary life is to try something new on a regular basis. What you’ll get from this ezine is a regular dose of a beginner trying something new – from the easy to the very difficult – and information on how you can try it, too. You may not want to try everything, but we think you’ll gain some insight about courage, curiosity and personal strength from reading about each experience. What do you want to try next, *|FNAME|*?
Resources for this issue
Buy a ticket to an event near you to learn about career breaks and long-term travel. This is what you need to plan your Mongol Rally adventure and find some teammates!
I read this book after our first interview with Sherry and before she finished the Rally. It is a fictional account of the rise of Ghengis Khan, and I could not put it down. There are 2 more books in the trilogy if you get hooked (and I did!)