"The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones"
- John Maynard Keynes
1 month in and I already took a job.
Ok, not a classic job like I’ve been doing over the past 6 years. But, a job in the sense of responsibility. I am currently on an 18 day Ski Tour in Japan. We've set out to ski 12 different resorts throughout Japan, starting in the main Island of Honshu and making our way to Hokkaido. There are meant to be 3 guides leading our group of 21, with us splitting by level into sections of 7 for our time on the mountain.
I’ve been lucky to ski in the advanced group with the lead guide who is also the organizer of our excursion.
After day 2, he informed me that he’d be losing one of the guides for the last 1.5 weeks of the trip, and would I want to work as a guide in exchange for a free trip.
First reaction
Second reaction
“Do I really want to work?"
I am truly happy out there skiing, and have really appreciated the chance to zone out and be alone with my thoughts on the mountain. If I were to take the job, I’d compromise this time. But, I have another 2 weeks skiing with friends when this organized tour ends, and saving a couple thousand dollars is an unexpected outcome I would be very grateful for.
And the challenge of leading a ski tour is something that I think my early days in Time On would benefit from.
I believe being a good guide requires you to be empathetic, to understand you group, and to put meaningful thought into building a good day for them.
But honestly, I am nervous to take on a job as well. I have slept incredibly poorly leading up to it. And I slept so beautifully right before I decided to take the gig. 
I want to make sure I do a great job. I want to make sure I make a difference for people, have an impact. 
So, here come a job.
I’m excited for this challenge.
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