Amateur Adventurers

Why do so many business people with powerful jobs and loving families find the need to set themselves against a challenge completely unrelated to their life? Is something missing or is this another unique facet of our complex psychology…the need for risks, challenges and successes…the desire to test ourselves, failing from time to time, but ultimately succeeding at something we never expected to try.

Ben Saunders puts it like this, “I look up to people who have achieved in more than one field. Deep down, I guess I have this guilty feeling that what I am doing is completely pointless. I want…I need to have…more meaning. Some purpose.” src: Joanne Ramos, The Economist

Are amateur adventurers merely trying to find meaning in their lives or by achieving success in another field, do we believe our successes to be more valid?