What if you said 'yes' more often?

Chances are Andrew is working away diligently in that little cabin. No, really it’s what he does. Detail of photo by   Leonardo Rossatti   from   Pexels

Chances are Andrew is working away diligently in that little cabin. No, really it’s what he does. Detail of photo by Leonardo Rossatti from Pexels

 

Saying ‘yes’ to things that challenge personal and professional growth is one of the ways Andrew Griffiths ensures he doesn’t sit in his comfort zone for too long. And it seems to work. But then as you’ll hear, he's not your average guy.

As he tells us, his very challenging childhood did much to shape his perspective on life and there’s no doubt he’s an extremely resilient man who knows how to handle solitude. I meet plenty of people who value time on their own - I’m one of those people myself - but Andrew takes it to a whole new level.

How do I feel about this work?
— Andrew readily biffs projects if they fail to bring joy

Could you lock yourself away in a resort and have the discipline to get up early each and every day and focus on your future plans? By yourself. Without turning the TV on. I expect I’d have a very productive Day 1, be on a deckchair reading crime thrillers on Day 2 and paragliding up the beach on Day 3. Not Andrew.

I really like how he constantly pushes himself to start new things and over the years I’ve known him I can tell you he never begins half-heartedly. He’s not an advocate of the ‘chuck it up and see what happens’ approach.

Banishing the comfort zone and always pondering ‘what’s next?’ are at the core of Andrew’s ability to stay engaged and connected and I think he’s onto something. In fact, he’s always onto something.

Dive into his world and maybe join him on one of his fabulous retreats. And if you don’t see him for a few days, he’s probably not lazing in a hammock or snorkelling, he’s planning the next big thing.

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Robert Gerrish