When Was the Last Time You Created Awe?

Key takeaways

  • When you do something for the first time, it can inspire a sense of awe in others and within yourself.
  • Experiencing awe revitalizes us and shifts our view of the world away from the negative influences and toward the positive.
  • Seek experiences that give you a chance to create and experience awe, so that your outlook on life is constantly fresh and renewed.

Awesome, dude! That’s probably from a movie like Wayne’s World, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Big Lebowski, or a whole bunch of others. Whichever movie it’s from, the line makes me picture these Southern California, kind of hippy guys going on and on about how everything is awesome. But it’s the “awe” part of the word I want to focus on today.

When was the last time you did something for the first time that created some awe? Today you can watch TED Talks and various other kinds of videos on social media where the people in them do things that put you in a state of awe. It’s very inspiring.

When others inspire a sense of awe in us, it can take us to a place of calmness, a place that shifts our worldview a little. It takes us to a place that transcends all the negativity our major media outlets are constantly driving. I know people often watch videos like this as a way to escape, but there’s a more important aspect to it than that: yourself.

When do you do things that are awesome? And by “awesome” I don’t mean it in the way that it’s commonly misused—and it’s misused a lot. That said, there are points in life when you do something for the first time and others look at you and say, “That was unbelievable!” Or, they might use the word “awesome.” It makes a big difference in our lives when this happens. It transforms body chemistry and makes us look at life differently over and over again. It inspires us to have more fun, to do more.

As you get older, it’s those awe-inspiring events that keep you young and vital and help you view the world with fresh lenses every time you venture out into it. Maybe being with your grandchildren, traveling to new places, experiencing new things, or exploring nature are some of the things that put you in awe of life.

As far as some of those movies go, “Awesome, dude!” kind of sums up what I want to feel when I do something for the very first time—something that really changes my perspective of the world. It’s in these moments that I can clearly see where I’m going, where I’ve come from, and where I really want to take myself into the future. Until next time, enjoy.


Gary Klaben is in our Glenview, IL office and serves our clients who are now located all over the country.  He has over 30 years of experience and is the author of Changing the Conversation, Wealth of Everything and co-author of The Business BattlefieldWhether advising his clients, mentoring his team, or coaching entrepreneurs, he is always simplifying complexity and motivating others to take the next action that’s right for them.

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