We Are Adventure-Driven
Our goal is to teach and promote a principled and self-reliant approach to living. We call it the Adventure Driven Life. We bring together ancient ideas, modern research, and a healthy dose of common sense to form an actionable, step-by-step approach to living.
Looking for a counterpoint to our plugged-in world? Seeking more adventure? You’ve come to the right place. At Get Lost we invite you to pause and think. We encourage you to live skillfully, think adventurously, and see the world through an adventure-inspired lens.
Know Your Engine
What drives you? We believe that a meaningful life is impossible without honest introspection and purposeful action.
This means that we need to think like a mechanic and study our inner engine—we need to consider how we are built and what we are designed for. When we do, we realize that we were born TO EXPLORE NEW PLACES & IDEAS, TO EMBRACE CHANGE & CHALLENGE, and TO BE ACTIVE OUTSIDE.
Look around and you’ll see people clinging to sameness and addicted to screens. We all know deep down that we are built for something more, designed for a path that is meaningful and adventurous. But how do we get there?
Knowing our inner engine is the first step. The second is fine-tuning the machinery, which means saying no to the non-essential and focusing on adventure-driven principles.
We all have the aim, deep down, of finding well-being. But do we have the skills to achieve it? Too often we live unskillfully. We choose ease over challenge and comfort over change. We are fueled by empty values like prestige and pleasure instead of deeper values like gratitude and integrity.
The solution is to train ourselves to be more skillful by pursuing the five fuels that ignite our inner engine: CHALLENGE, CHANGE, CURIOSITY, FITNESS, and NATURE.
These five fuels empower our mind and body and calibrate our compass. When we harness these fuels, we are active not passive. We become seekers, explorers, and travelers. We wake up optimistic and wide-eyed. We go to sleep self-reliant and content.
This is not self-improvement. Self-improvement focuses on what we lack. This is self-acceptance, which focuses on fine-tuning what we have so it aligns with what we are designed for—adventure.
Be the Spark
We agree with Alice Walker: “Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself.” In practical terms, this means that we need to be pro-active not re-active. Blaming others for our circumstances gets us nowhere.
Every engine needs a spark. If we dwell on excuses or wait for a better life to come to us, it may never arrive. In fact, it probably won’t. Instead, we need to be the spark. To do this we must own our actions and take control of our narrative by pursuing each day with an adventurous mindset. The measure of our ability to do this ultimately defines our character.
Once we embrace an adventure-driven life, we discover that sharing our spark makes our own fire burn more brightly. Put more simply, we realize that adventure’s greatest rewards arise when we share adventure with others.