Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.? ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Pretty straightforward. Life gives us the choice to either follow a clear, distinct, and well drawn out path, or we can create our own path.
The first path is the one most people take.
This is the option that school taught us. This is the option your parents most likely took, this is the option they want you to take. After all, it was the safest, surest bet. Sure, there were some hardships. It was a lot of work. But they got the two weeks a year to take the ole family fun wagon down to Disney. Space Mountain was closed for maintenance, but that’s OK. There’s always next year. Maybe.
I’m a believer of taking the route without the path. The rewards are far greater. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. (hint: the rewards have absolutely nothing to do with either more money or more stuff – so if that’s what you want out of life, take the first path)
And don’t get me wrong, when I refer to taking the route without a path, this doesn’t mean, don’t get a job, or become an entrepreneur. It doesn’t mean that at all. Along your trail, you can have jobs and/or a career – great jobs and a great career, just leave a trail of breadcrumbs along the way.
The fact that we even have to think about which path to take is crazy. In my opinion, giving it all away to follow someone else’s path, because it’s supposedly going to be “easier,” sheesh… What a crock.
Which path are you going to take?
Ralph Waldo Emerson wanted you to take the route without the path – but I believe he also wanted you to have an idea of where you wanted to go. Aimlessly wondering in the wilderness never did anybody any good. All you really need is a compass. (See post below)