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Who Wouldn't Want to Play?

Peter Nicholson

Betraying Comfort Zones

Change becomes personal. Foresight's most valuable asset is trusted relationships. They assuage the fear of risk that accompanies trying something new. They are the lubrication that facilitates innovation. Trust, however, requires confidence in one’s judgment. Taking a leap of faith requires a belief in one’s ability to survive the possible fall. When I was a kid, learning to downhill ski was easy, because I was oblivious to the dangers. We self-generate so many barriers. Being an established professional, I’m hyper aware of what there is to lose. The challenge—and I feel it every day—is to keep the knowledge of potential threats from retarding progress. I want to be bolder and hopefully smarter when I’m 60 than I am today at 48, and work with others who share this ambition. That said, I still struggle with the sometimes irrational resistance of others, and feel powerless to address it. It’s difficult for me to accept that sometimes I can’t, no matter how safe and appealing I might strive to make the new seem. What for me is a joyful sandbox of possibilities is a gritty pit of fear for others. Stay out, and you stay safe. Thankfully, there has so far been a healthy community willing to play in Foresight’s yard, especially lately. However, I still mourn those who for reasons inexplicable to my creative, hyper-rational mind, prefer to avoid experimenting with a world of superior possibility.