Adventure as a career plan

how curiosity and exploration create our best lives, friendships, and careers

by Jason Lengstorf
@jlengstorf  ·


Lengstorf Family Archive
Lengstorf Family Archive
Mom feeling happy.
Wendy Lengstorf’s Wall of Shame
Mom feeling angry.
Mom feeling happy.
Mom swearing at me.
Las Vegas Bus Sales
Las Vegas Bus Sales
GraphQL Summit
GraphQL Summit
Mom feeling happy.

How is this possible?

I’ve done everythingwrong

Jeremy Bishop

Seeking is the pursuit of a defined goal

William Recinos

Seeking is limitedto what we know

Seeking creates risk & fear

Fixed Mindset:

“I’m not the kind of person who can __________________.”



Failure teaches resilience

Rejection Therapy

Can you rely on yourself?

Annie Spratt
Rose Heider
Ryan Franco

Wandering isundirected exploration

Miguel Orós
Takahiro Taguchi
Kelly Sikkema
Stefan Steinbauer
Dil Assi
Debashis Biswas

Wandering builds confidence

Wandering reduces risk

Clint Adair
La Boutique de la Luz
La Boutique de la Luz

“I can’t do that! It doesn’t help me reach my goals. I’m wasting my time!”

“I’m not like that; I don’t have natural talent.”
László Polgár

“People, for some reason, do not want to believe it. They seem to think that excellence is only open to others, not themselves.”László Polgár

Tyson Vick
GraphQL Summit

I failedlearnedconstantly

I learned todependon myself

I learnedresilience

I got lots ofpractice

I learned myoptions

The overlap washuge

We need both seeking & wandering

Always seek intelligently


Wander oftenbut take action

Lengstorf Family Archive
Richelle DeVoe

Be Curious


Jason Lengstorf

Jason Lengstorf
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