I had the great honor of being interviewed by William Arruda who is a Forbes contributor. Below is an excerpt of his article on Forbes.com.
William Arruda: You dared yourself to do something new every single day. Talk a little bit about that journey.
Lu Ann Cahn: I had been in TV news my entire career. I won lots of awards. I was very good at what I did. When I started in 1978 there weren’t even computers, so there was a lot of change along the way.
In 2009, the economy tanked. My unit was slashed, and I was being asked to adopt all this new technology. For the first time in my life, I didn’t want to change, and I got very stuck and angry. It was my daughter who challenged me to start doing something new every day.
She challenged me to make a list of everything I hadn’t done. We started with the polar bear plunge on New Year’s Day 2010. That was the beginning of a unique journey that changed my life.
Some of the first things on my list were simple: give out free hugs. I had never bought a lottery ticket. I had never baked a cake from scratch. I planted my first herb garden. But I also had a list of bigger things.
I went back to school and I started teaching school. I really was afraid of the ocean, so I took a surf lesson, which was terrifying to me. It all started to remind me how rewarding it is to take risks, to learn new things, to try new things, to challenge your fears. And immediately I started feeling better.
Once I made this list, I told my friends, and I told my co-workers. And I also believe you should document what you do. You don’t have to document it in a blog [like I did], but I think it’s important that you tell people around you that you’re going to do it because you’ll find support there.
Not only did I do something new, but I documented it. There’s a video for almost every single first that I did. People who were following me would share their experiences, creating a community.