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    Status quo works for people who are comfortable with their current situation

    Diverging from your comfort zone takes GUTS


    Today, I had the privilege of watching someone with “guts” in person.  I met Cole Lindbergh a few months ago after hearing his inspiring story on NPR.  Cole worked for Worlds of Fun from the age of 14 and worked his way up to the leader of the entire games department in the last 12 years.

    This previous season was his last.  I’m not sure what told him that it was time to go, but like many of us…there can be a nagging feeling when it is time to move on.  As Cole laments in his interview with “This American Life” host Ira Glass:

    “I’m 25 now, I started here when I was 14, I’m getting older, everyone else is staying the same age.  10 years from now, I don’t think I can still be a goof ball I just think that would be creepy”

    So Cole did the unthinkable…he headed away from what had become his comfort zone over the last decade, looking for greener pastures.

    He’s taken on a lot in the last couple months between a new 40 hour/week job, a new part-time summer job (working outdoors where he’s truly happy), an entrepreneurial venture that’s taking off like wild-fire and potentially the most courageous step of all….sharing his inspiring story with others in the form of public speaking, like he did today at the Sprint World Headquarters.

    Cole showed me something about leadership over a couple tacos a few months ago….today he demonstrated that being successful “takes guts.”  Be like Cole, stick your neck out there, do what you love, do something.

    In another excerpt from his interview with Ira Glass, Cole reflected on his experience from Worlds of Fun:

    “well it’s an amusement park, I’m great at working at an amusement park”

    No way man….you’re a natural leader, an amazing public speaker and someone who inspired me today by reminding me that I can do anything.  It just takes guts.


    Keep up with Cole…he’s going places: (check back soon for updates and speaking requests…he has a great story to tell!)

    @colelindbergh (for fun tweets and random wisdom) (for those times when you need someone to write you a song)



4 Responses to It Takes Guts…

  • Jennifer Schafer wrote on March 12, 2013 at 11:39 // Reply

    Will have to be sure that I take the time to queue it up on Sprint Cast. Had it on my calendar, but didn’t make it. Always in for a good story!

  • Erik wrote on March 12, 2013 at 11:46 // Reply

    you should definitely look it up…. He did great!

    Also, if you haven’t heard it yet, go listen to the This American Life episode:

    Really great!

  • Brent Lockee wrote on March 12, 2013 at 11:56 // Reply

    Is there any way I can see the speech? Cole’s the best. Maybe I should challenge him to some type of online content creation competition…ideas welcome.

    • Erik wrote on March 13, 2013 at 12:23 // Reply

      I believe we are getting a video for Cole to use externally. Will keep you posted!


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