The Great Outdoors

10 Feb 2016

 Three months old…

 

On a glacier in Norway…

 

In a Fenwicks* plastic bag…

 

In the 21st century some might call it child cruelty, though with hindsight this was probably the moment the  seed was sown that leads me to reflect so positively on Arctic warfare training with the marines in Norway, mad marathons starting at Everest Base Camp and extreme treks across the Sahara Desert. This adoption or “download” (Bargh & Morsella, 2008) of cultural norms through an unquestioned passive imitation from our parents results in our predisposition to prefer particular aspects of our environment over others. For me, it’s the call of the Great Outdoors…

 

 Every photo reveals evidence of an active childhood under my parental influence with nature as the main backdrop. Endless school days were spent staring out of the window and watching the trees blowing in the wind; waiting for the final school bell to escape and explore with my contemporises. This habit remains entrenched as I habitually position myself at meetings, in conferences, or in the office with one eye glued to a glimpse of the outdoors looking forward to my daily training sessions. The innate sense of freedom, creativity and free will derived from this environment and conversely the feeling of being trapped, stifled and confined when indoors, remain strong drivers that have shaped my career choices and lifestyle and will continue to mould my future.

 

 Since September 2015 I’ve attended seemingly endless networking events in various restaurants, theatres, bars and golf clubs across the southwest to establish and nurture valuable working relationships and friendships. The concept of combining the power of the Great Outdoors and kinaesthetic motion with networking was so blatantly obvious it clearly evaded me for a couple of months…walking + networking + the Great Outdoors = Netwalking.

 

The inaugural zero edition netwalk launches next Wednesday from the Tithe Barn in Bradford-on-Avon and there will be more events organised in various different locations over the year. It's the perfect opportunity to reflect on your business, bounce ideas about with others, generate new strategies, develop new opportunities, build connections and draw inspiration from nature one step at a time with the added bonus of gentle exercise.