Pursuit of Everything…in Geneva

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It isn’t often that remarkable people casually drop by Geneva for a chat around beer and pizza at Le Scandale…So of course, when Nathalie organized a Misfits meet-up with AJ & Melissa Leon, I was thrilled to participate.

AJ Leon is an ordinary guy who decided to leave his plush New York career to choose a life of meaning and adventure. Five years on, he owns several companies, has written a book and is traveling around the world with his lovely wife, Melissa. You can read more about their philosophy on their website, the aptly named, Pursuit of Everything and you can even download a very inspiring PDF with AJ’s writing about living life with intention, doing meaningful work and changing the world – highly recommended!

One of the things I loved most from what AJ said was that the people we admire are always heroes or adventurers. Don’t we all admire characters like Frodo or Luke Skywalker, heeding their call to adventure? He urged us to start looking at ourselves in the same way, as adventurers or heroes in our own life story, living this one precious life that we have. How awesome is that?

In his words:

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He also shared this quote which I found quite intriguing (you can actually buy this pillow for a limited time only):

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I find this very true, particularly when you are lucky enough to live in a country as comfortable as Switzerland. Yet as AJ explained, you need to step out of your comfort zone in order to seek a life of meaning and adventure, to feel truly alive. He also mentioned that those closest to us often want us to be comfortable more than anything else, and that this can make our quest to live a more deliberate life more difficult.

AJ’s experience of leaving a successful career in finance and setting off to do his own thing made me realize that at some point, Life hands us a choice: Are you going to choose comfort, or are you going to choose growth, passion, adventure? I got this call earlier this year and decided to set out on my own adventure with my health coaching work, but I have to be honest: I still need to push past the siren calls of comfort every day.

Which is why meeting AJ & Melissa was such an inspiration – to actually meet people who are truly alive to life and living in a way that is in alignment with their hearts. I can’t wait for AJ’s book, The Life & Times of a Remarkable Misfit to be out soon.

PS – Some photos from the event taken by Nathalie.

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  • Faris on Nov 04, 2013 Reply

    Wow – that sounds like a very inspiring workshop! I think the continuous battle to push past the edges of our comfort zone is a daily battle many of us face. In hashtag terms: #FirstWorldProblems

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        Grattis till Trulle! Och det är så typiskt det där med laddaren, jag har lyckats med det konststycket några gånger själv och blir alltid lika förbannad :)

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