“All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.”- Robert Kennedy
Life can be tough. There are so many factors at play. Whether it be those you can control or those you can’t. At the end of the day, some level of disappointment is unavoidable. In some cases, it is minor. Star Wars Episode I-III for example. While in others, it can be something far more drastic, like the loss of a job. Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet for avoiding the negative elements of life. No matter how much we would like things to work out all of the time, the simple fact remain that they don’t. Which is why it is important to pursue the mythical 50 door strategy.
What is the 50 door strategy? In the simplest terms it is simply keeping one’s life occupied with a variety pursuits meant to make life more fulfilling. It means not getting so bogged down in one’s personal or professional life, that every time something does not go according plan, the world falls to pieces. In a word, it is diversifying one’s life portfolio, because as economics attempts to teach us, spreading the risk among multiple avenues softens any potential blows dramatically. It is recognizing the perplexity of life and breaking it down. Looking past the overwhelming nature of the world to one’s potential for greatness and continuing forward with no intention of stopping.
How does one pursue their 50 doors? The first course of action is to break down your areas of focus. Some examples might include: volunteering, civic engagement, socializing, jiujitsu etc. Once you determine what areas in your life require fulfillment, its just a matter of actively pursuing interests and activities that satisfy them. Do you care about the plight of those in poverty? Then working with an organization that helps those in financial duress would probably be the route to pursue when looking to open the volunteer door. Really passionate about the parks in your city? Then become civically engaged by joining your local Parks and Recreation commission. Once you know what’s important to your life, its just a matter of pursuing the interests that satisfy your needs.
Why bother at all? Besides keeping your eggs in multiple baskets, there is another reason to pursue the 50 door strategy. Balance. With all of the vices and other distractions in life, it is easy to get bogged down by individual, insignificant details. Even more so, when you choose to focus on one activity above all else. In order to achieve proper perspective, its important to have variety in life. Giving back to your community through your volunteer or civic engagement activities enables you to step outside of your personal concerns for awhile. Maintaining a healthy social life enables you to build a support network to fall back on when everything hits the fan. Focusing on achieving a desirable career will make the seemingly endless hours each day you spend trying to make a living seem far less mind numbing. After all, at the end of the day we are nothing more than the sum of all our parts.