Valparaiso, Chile is not my cup of tea, but it’s worth checking out. If you do find yourself in Chile at the change of the year, spending New Years in Valparaiso is not a bad place to be, just make sure you get a hotel and a bus out of the city in advance and be ready for a million-person party. You only really need a day there, maybe two, and contrary to how I normally travel, if you do find yourself there the free tour the city provides is worth checking out.
The Atacama Desert is fricking cool. If you’re going to check out anything in Chile, it’s a must-see place. Even more so, if you’re into going on badass adventures, bring some warm clothes, grab some camping gear, and rent out a 4×4 vehicle.
I just got back from Chile and not only did I have an awesome adventure, but I learned quite a few things along the way. The first stop was Santiago and to be honest, we spent two days too many there. Continue reading on for the 17 things I learned while there and how to better enjoy your next adventure to Chile. No need for us both to make the same mistakes.
Every year people create New Years resolutions in an attempt to improve their lives, and every year they fail. At the end of the day, a New Years resolution is just words with little meaning unless they are tied into something that drastically affects your life. If you want to change your life, great, but do it when you notice the problem and have a clear-cut way to fix it. Chances are, noticing that problem is not on the 31st of December.
If you’re out of shape, it’s by choice. Committing one of three sins of the weak is a fast track to sucking at life. Being lazy, failing to see the importance of health, or playing the victim card is not only obnoxious to those around you but self-destructive. Your body is an investment more valuable than anything else on this planet. Putting the time into making that investment grow is completely in your control and essential to success. Get up off the couch, take control of your life and become a physical badass.
Knowing how to stop being indecisive is an important step to taking control of your life. We all face decisions and most of them don’t matter as much as we think. By creating a system that makes a default choice for us, you will not only stop wasting time and limit your stress, but it will give you a plan to adjust off of. When you haven’t moved down any path in life due to indecision, anything you do equates to forward progress.
Everyone screws up, whether that’s at work, at home, or by yourself. Regardless of how disastrous your screw up turns out to be, the only choice you have is to learn from it and make sure it doesn’t happen again. In this case, it’s a lesson in the importance of not being afraid to ask questions. You won’t look as dumb as you think and it can stop small problems from becoming huge issues.
Running 50 miles isn’t insurmountable and it’s well within the grasp of anyone who is willing to put the time and effort in. We had made a lot of dumb mistakes, like not bringing a headlamp, not training on similar terrain, and trying to do a 40-mile run only 3 weeks before our race, but we still turned out fine. As long as you follow a progressive ultra-marathon training plan, you are willing to put up with some pain, and you keep your sense of humor, you can complete a 50-mile race without completely upending your life.
The No Hesitation Lifestyle is about realizing that only you can say no. Stop hesitating to live the life you choose. It’s all in your mindset. The only thing that holds you back from living the life of your dreams, is yourself. Most people claim that you already have the ability to empower yourself and be successful, but that is only part of the story.
People want to help out those they like. And, no matter who you are or what experiences someone has, they can’t know everything. By being friendly and making personal connections with those you meet, you learn about opportunities that are not available to the rest of the world. And Jerks? Screw em’.
- Cut To The Chase And Give Me The Fish
- Reforged American
- Unapologetic American
- The Decisions Made
- Episode 2: Memorial Day
- Episode 1: It is All About Purpose
- It’s Fine
- Good Enough For a Rental
- Santiago, Chile Travel Crash Course
- Forget The New Years Resolution and Change Your Life
- The Three Sins Of The Weak
- Keep It Stupid Simple And Learn How To Stop Being Indecisive
- Surviving A Royal Screw Up | Panic At 18,000 Feet
- Running 50 Miles: Weak, Slow, And Dainty
- The No Hesitation Lifestyle, Stop Being Average
- Jerks Might Not Finish Last, But They Don’t Finish First
- Get Out There And Do Something With Your Life, Literally Anything
- 50 Mile Ultra Marathon Training Plan For Wannabe Runners
- Trip Of A Lifetime: Rowing The Grand Canyon Part 6
- Take Control Of Your Life: Rowing The Grand Canyon Part 5
- Life Is What You Make It Focus On Success: Rowing The Grand Canyon Part 4
- Finding “Normal”: Rowing the Grand Canyon Part 3
- Feeling Uncomfortable And Loving It: Rowing the Grand Canyon Part 2