I (Frankie) am not a big reality TV fan. I've watched a few shows, but usually end up getting frustrated because of too much drama or I find out it's very scripted and pretty fake. But, Scott and I happened on a show this weekend that really made me think about some things.
The show is called The Wheel. If you aren't familiar with the show I'll give you the synopsis from the Discovery Channel website, "THE WHEEL dares six participants to survive in six distinctly grueling landscapes across South America. With every turn of the wheel, each survivalist is dropped into a new isolated location, exposed to the world's deadliest terrains including freezing tundra, rugged mountains and treacherous rainforest. Participants don't know when or why the wheel will turn - nor that their stint at each spot is determined by the rotation of the moon. Equipped only with light survival packs and SOS devices that can be used at any time to quit the challenge and call for help, they must fend for their lives by procuring food, water and shelter. And when the wheel turns again, they will be thrust into a new location, forced to use a completely different set of skills to survive."
I watched 2 episodes and I was hooked. I'll probably find out later it's fake and the camera crew secretly give the participants food and water, but that's not what I like about it. It isn't the survivalist part; it's the giving up part. Each person has an SOS device that they can activate at any time and quit the game. A crew will come immediately to extract them. The trick is the participants don't know when the wheel is going to turn and they will be extracted anyway and given a slight reprieve before being dropped into the next location. So, what if you give up and The Wheel was going to turn that night? How bad would that be?
*Spoiler Alert* (in case you watch the show)
In the first episode one person did give up and The Wheel turned the next day. OH MY GOD! I would have been so pissed at myself. One more night and this person would have been picked up and taken to a new location. These locations aren't next door to each other either so it takes a day or two to get there. You get a little break. You can catch your breath and start over in a different place. I bet the person that quit is still kicking themselves. I would be.
Life is a lot like this show. We want to work from home, start a new business, get fit, etc… We set all these goals and make all these big plans and at the first sign of trouble or the first setback, we give up. We push our SOS button and extract ourselves from the game. I've done it. I know you've done it. And how many times after you quit do you kick yourself because maybe your big breakthrough was right around the corner? Maybe the next day you would have landed that first real work from home job, reached a fitness goal, or FINALLY got your first customer at your new business. How disappointing is that!
So, what do I take away from all of this? Know your limits, but don't give up before you've completely exhausted all your avenues. Your turn of the wheel may be just a few hours away and even if there isn't a huge breakthrough, at least you'll have a few minutes to catch your breath, look at things from a new perspective, and start over in a new place.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.