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Jesse Gros Jesse Gros coach. inner travel adventurer. tribal truster.

Jesse Gros, a unique outdoor adventure guide, is just as passionate about the inner journey as he is about the outer adventure. [www.insightadventures.com]

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What’s most meaningful for me at this point is exploring and connecting with projects I love that feel primal. They’re the ones that bypass the brain’s filter. When we tap into this kind of desire, we don’t notice time going by. We don’t notice we haven’t eaten in a while. We don’t care if we made money or not. It’s that feeling of really yearning to get going, and then we do, we get a feeling of being filled up. That’s where power comes from.

A turning point for me was leaving my job as an insurance adjuster after a thought I had standing on a roof in Louisiana. I worked on Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita and other disasters. Two of my friends had fallen off of roofs the week before and injured themselves. I stood on the roof that day and thought, If I fell off of this roof and broke my leg or my neck, ended up crippled or dead, would I be proud of what I’ve done with my life? The answer was, No, there’s actually so much more I want to accomplish.

I got off that roof and – with a little help from a speech I heard Barack Obama give about people tapping into their desires and innate abilities and wanting to help others – I called my boss and walked away from that job. That was a big moment. I felt my whole body light up with energy and knew I was doing the right thing.

Then, about two years ago, I had a breakdown when I realized I couldn’t do it all myself. At first, it felt like failing, because I was working from a mentality of “I’ll build my own house and my own fence and ….” It was all “me, me, me.” But I made the switch from being upset that I couldn’t do it alone to getting really excited about saying, “Oh. I can’t do this alone. So how many people can I involve?” I had to give up a lot of control and add a lot of trust.

We’ve moved from a tribal mentality to hyper individualism – where everyone’s on their own and separate, and now it feels like we’re all moving back into tribes. I think that’s beautiful. There’s so much more power in collective energy than in every individual running around trying to make their own little things by themselves.

– Jesse Gros

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