CHAPTER ONE

From the Wilderness to the Workplace

Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day-to-day obstacles of life—facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources against the unknown and, in the process, discovering our own unique potential.

—John Amatt, author, adventurer,and founder of One Step Beyond Worldwide

In a classic Outward Bound wilderness trip, a group of strangers come together to immerse themselves in nature. They create community, achieve milestones, experience peaks and valleys, and then disperse to reenter their everyday lives. Instructors and course directors typically let participants know at the end of the trip that they are ...

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