Nope, I did not mis-type, button mash, or spill something on my keyboard. Dawat Mutang is the name of a farmer in the jungles of Borneo, and the guy is pretty amazing!
Today we had our Express Refresh Leadership Simulcast and one of the presenters was Robyn Benincasa. She was an Adventure Racer in the Eco Challenge series, a crazy set of races in which teams of five head out to run, bike, climb, canoe, kayak, and everything in between for 300+ miles in five+ days… non-stop.
As she was relating these experiences to leadership lessons she shared the story of Dawat Mutang, a farmer in Borneo. As you’ll see in the clip above, the French team had a team member break their ankle on their way to the starting line. Undeterred, the French started knocking on doors in the jungle village the race started in and found someone who was willing to make the trek with them without training, preparation, or experience. Dawat opened the door, said yes, and the rest is history.
How crazy is that? Picture yourself sitting at home one day with your family. You’re enjoying a nice meal together and out of nowhere someone knocks on your door and asks if you’d like to join them on a week long journey into the jungle to run, bike, kayak, cave dive, and rappel… And you’ve never done any of those things other than running? By the way, this will be one of the most painful experiences you’ll ever have…
To think that he said yes, not only tried, but successfully finished the race! How incredible is that??? The smile on his face at the end of the video helps us glimpse just how incredibly happy he was at the end of the adventure.
How many times in life has a crazy opportunity come up and I’ve said no? How often has someone offered something that would push me completely out of my comfort zone and I said no out of fear? Haven’t there been times when I said no to a wild idea that could have taken me on an adventure that made me smile that big? I don’t know. What I do know is that the next time a wild ass idea presents itself I’ll remember Dawat and give it a longer thought.