From an early age, our society promotes a very well-defined path to success in our personal lives and in our careers.
Problem is that the well-defined path creates more problems than it solves.
When we meet someone who appears to have taken a direct line to a perfect life, we have one of two immediate reactions: We either don’t trust them or we hate them.
Keeping It Real
It’s taken me 53 years to realize that the straight-and-narrow path is more fiction than fact. More authentic is the road most of us take – one full of surprises, joy, disappointment and completely unpredictable outcomes.
That’s the good news. Not taking the well-worn path – doing it your way – is incredibly liberating and ultimately satisfying.
Sharing that idea with friends and family is also very liberating, and it is heartening for them as well. That’s because the cultural conversation about success is drowned out by the deafening chatter of people talking about the road successfully traveled.
As I continue along my own path, now more than ever I want to share my authentic journey in the hope it will help others, as well as me.