Yali Sharon // LU founder
I used to wake up in the middle of the night imagining the incredible life I could be living if only I could stop putting off doing the things that are most important to me. Those things were exploring and creating. I wasn’t traveling much, saying no to adventures all the time figuring there’ll be plenty of time for that in the future and I certainly wasn’t striving to do my best work.
Are you YOU yet?
I forget where I heard that question but I vividly remember the impact that it had on me. My natural instinct was to answer no, not even close. I’m this other guy who is struggling to fit into a mold, chasing a secure future and hiding from my true calling. A lifestyle that diminished my passion, crippled my abilities and kept me far away from my most authentic self. This realization set me on a path to answer another important question »
What’s stopping you from building the life you desire?
I found that I was filled with self-imposed limitations – false beliefs causing paralyzing doubts, irrational fears and an inability to take action. In studying this concept I came across this powerful analogy »
To keep an elephant in place, handlers use small ropes tied to the ground with tiny sticks. The strange thing is that an elephant can easily break away from the rope but it chooses not to. That's because when the elephant was younger and smaller the same size rope was used to tie them and at that age it’s enough to hold them. They tried to escape for a while and eventually gave up. When they are older and stronger they still obey the limitation, even though it no longer exists.
The more I thought about this the harder it was to abide by the boundaries that I always believed were impenetrable. Instead of holding onto the notion that I’m tied down, I started tugging on the rope a little. I often found that my limitations were not real, just a baby-elephant-like conditioning. Live Unbound was born out of a desire to inspire others to do the same.
Follow your fears » Commit to the frightening work of exploring your capabilities.
I know I’m not the only person who knows what being bound feels like. There are lots of athletes stuck behind a desk, writers who don’t write, adventurers who don’t travel or photographers who only take pictures on their phones. Most of us are familiar with that voice in our heads that says “stop!” whenever we’re about to embark on a pursuit that has meaning, value and of course risk. Live Unbound is an antidote to this resistance. A reminder to shine a light on what makes you unique and treat life like the great adventure that it is.
That’s exactly what I strive to do everyday and I’m so grateful to have the support of the LU family – a community of explorers all riding together on parallel paths; encouraging, energizing and inspiring each other to reach new heights.
Live Unbound is an organization dedicated to unlocking human potential. We embody a culture that travels the unbeaten path, rejects complacency and welcomes new challenges.