When Was The Last Time You Tried Something New? [TableTopic #1]

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The last time I tried something new was two weeks ago when I put down a deposit on a new motorcycle at the Vancouver Motorcycle show. I am normally very tight when it comes to money. I dislike stretching myself financially, and I don't like taking on debt.

However motorcycles are one of my great loves in life, and since moving back to Canada from Bali I haven't had reliable transportation. It was also a show special, which meant that I would save about $3,000 on a bike I already planned on purchasing in the future.

So why exactly was this new for me? I have never put money down on something in the past that I couldn't pay for 100%. This makes me feel uncomfortable, but at the same time the joy and utility I will receive from this decision is immense.

I also received a lot of encouragement from my mother to buy the bike. I’m very fortunate to have a mom who supports me to pursue my passions, and without her pushing me I would never have put the deposit down on a new Aprilia Dorsoduro.

Many times in my life when I tried new things it was because I had support to do it. Even when I decide to do something new where I don’t have support, I always try to put myself in a place where I will find the support I need to be successful.

A great example of this is when I chose to get my motorcycle license at 19. I knew my family would not support me as they were terrified of motorcycles. So I secretly saved my money and spent $700 on a 30 hour motorcycle training course. When I took the course I received a lot of support from my instructors and peers to learn how to ride well, and obtain the license.

Once I received my license in the mail I told my family. They were shocked, but in the end they could see how much this decision meant to me. Fast forward 8 years and I’ve ridden motorcycles around B.C., Colombia, and Bali. My family has also developed a love and passion for motorcycles! 8 years ago I never imagined this would happen.

I think that the key to being a successful human is to always try new things. As Einstein said, "insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

New things can be scary, exciting, and liberating all at the same time. And that's why it's so important to do them.

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