“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” -Lao Tzu
Perhaps my 30×30 journey does not consist of a thousand miles. However, it does indeed begin with a single step. And, I am very happy to say that first step has been completed!
So, for a bit of background, my boss recently taught a professional development seminar relating internal auditing to a Rubik’s Cube. As he was preparing in the weeks leading up to the seminar, he gave me a cube and told me to figure it out. I admittedly left it sitting on the corner of my desk for several days, until I took it home and left it sitting on my dresser. I was pretty weary of it, honestly.
Then, in some absurd burst of confidence, or insanity, I added this item to my 30×30 list. Once I published this list, I actually became nervous that I might not accomplish this specific item. That thought, and my boss’s impending seminar, led me to finally pick up my cube. (Luckily, my boss also shared a Youtube video of a kid explaining how to solve the cube. That proved instrumental in helping me understand and conceptualize the cube.)
The first time I solved the cube, I think it was partly accidental. I didn’t complete the final few steps correctly, but I somehow managed to fix it. The second time I tried, I was about 75% complete when I made a wrong move and had to start all over again. The third time, though, truly was a charm! I’ve now solved it ten times or so, and my solution time has dropped from an hour to ten minutes.
I know the picture above doesn’t prove much. Maybe I just bought a new cube and took a picture of it, already solved, right? I know at least one of you thought that. I thought of it too. That’s why I recorded myself solving it! Click here for some hard evidence!
I’m just going to throw this out there: I’m proud of myself. I’m proud that I can say I know how to solve a Rubik’s Cube, and I’m proud that I have kicked off this 30×30 journey. Now I just have to figure out which item is next!