Sleepwalking is a crime.

Of course, this has nothing to do with a nighttime sleep-disorder. However, it does have everything to do with mental daytime vacancy. The number of people who mindlessly navigate through life is staggering — especially at work. The imaginary switch on their back is permanently lodged in the off position. Not surprisingly this stifles productivity, creativity, motivation, passion, happiness, and the list goes on.

So what’s the cause? Daytime sleepwalking most often comes as a result of avoiding risk for prolonged periods of time. Without risk, challenges are downsized and so is our cognitive demand. Eventually our brain relies on familiar habits and routines. It’s the epitome of “going through the motions.” Naturally, the outcome is a decline of daily engagement.

If you’re looking for more passion start taking more risks.  Remember the innovator’s shortest credo: Creativity before predictability (Tweet this quote).

Why is sleepwalking a crime? Because it sustains our existing problems when the same human capital could be used to improve circumstances, innovate, and progress. The world cannot afford to have one more person join the coalition of the living dead (aka: the status quo).

The status quo does not solve problems — and we have plenty of problems that need solving. The good news is, we have plenty of people who can solve them. But they must be awake and engaged.

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