“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
That quote above sums up this section pretty simply.
Experience is the root of a great life.
The more we experience, the better and more fulfilled we end up feeling.
Experience is in everything from taste, to the car we drive, to the places that we travel to and sometimes to the mind-opening adventures coerced by different situations in life.
All of this is experiential.
And by building higher leverage skills, executing on them and crafting a better life, you become able to experience the richness of the life you live.
We as humans are ripe for adventure.
From the time we are born, we scour the land around us, frightening our caretakers and looking for something to climb.
It's in our nature.
Well, it's supposed to be in our nature.
As we sit in school and move through rote memorization classes that control our minds, preparing us for the world of corporate work, we lose sight of our natural drive for adventure.
But having a better life doesn't necessarily mean you travel far and wide.
It means that you get better and better at using this call for adventure urge as a way to explore your surroundings, the country or the world.
Either way, as hard as it seems, this is a higher leverage skill, one that slips away from people.
And when it slips away, it can often take away the awe inspired life that we are supposed to live.
Remember, everybody gets one.
That's why living a heightened life requires that you follow that natural calling.
To explore, to live, and to adventure close to home and in the unknown.
What's your next adventure going to be?
One of the most elusive trained skills is that of taste.
Ever notice people who can tell what's in the food that they are eating, or know the region of the coffee beans steeped to make their coffee?
Those are people with refined palettes.
My friend Tim Berzins (of Timberzins.com) often says "A $5 palette shouldn't drink a $100 bottle of wine."
Primarily this is referring to the fact that, if you only have a small range of flavors available for tasting on your palette, then why get a $100 bottle of wine.
Likely, you won't be able to taste the difference.
On the other hand, I consider this to be a higher leverage skill for many reasons.
When you have a better taste a lot of experiences can open up in the world (within your body and outside of it.)
Conversations around food and food culture can get more profound, and coincidentally you begin tasting more and more while appreciating what you have more and more.
Its an awesome way of experiencing life to the fullest.
Training a palette takes work.
I'll get into it in many different articles, but for now, I'm going put a flavor wheel below.
Using a wheel like this, you can start to deduce the flavors in foods, wines, coffee and so much more to build your palette.
Take this wheel and start to experiment with tasting differences in wine, in coffee, chocolate, and other foods.
You'll be pleasantly surprised at what comes next.
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