IT’S ABOUT THE JOURNEY by Jordan Schleider
Hi I am Jordan Schleider. One of my ongoing business ventures is NQ Trade my futures trading school. I have been running NQ Trader for over 5 years. Much of my success is due to my ability to focus in on the business needs and maintain consistent positive movement on all projects as I outline from the beginning.
My hobbies include reading, photography, various activities and sports, traveling and expanding my knowledge. One of the sayings I live by is “it’s not about the destination it’s about the journey”. By approaching life and work and pleasure with this attitude I very rarely view my experiences as negative. Most of my days are filled with learning experiences. I find myself less rushed because I no longer crave the final product as much as I enjoy the process of working through the daily tasks of moving the project forward.
Something I recently undertook to prove a point to myself was to create a small backyard garden. I spend a few days planning the space and working out the details. I found a number of suitable vegetables that would grow in my climate. I made a few trips to home depot to get all the plants and soil, mulch and edging, fertilizer and irrigation supplies. I spent a few days preparing the area and planting, then setting up the irrigation and finally finishing up the appearance with the edging and the mulch.
I tended to the garden daily for months. I watered and weeded as needed and kept a close eye out for insects and pests. Every day I watched for new growth and as vegetables became ready for harvest I collected, washed and cleaned them.
During the course of the four months I maintained the garden it provided fresh vegetables to friends and neighbors as they became available. I enjoyed all the outdoor work and I especially enjoyed watching the garden mature.
Now you might be saying to yourself this is about the destination as much as the journey, but there is something I did not tell you yet. Out of the 20 varieties of vegetables and herbs I planted and harvested I did not eat any of them myself.
After doing my careful research into what would grow in my climate I discovered that there are not many vegetables I enjoy eating that will grow. I also discovered that during the time of year I was planning the garden there are even less vegetables that will grow and none that I like. This did not denture me in the least. I continued my project without the goal or reward of the vegetables in my kitchen to look forward to eating.
In the end I had a wonderful experience creating and growing my garden and not once did I think why I am doing this for no benefit. The enjoyment and the benefit came from the journey, not the destination.