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Where Are You Going?


Yogi Berra said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Very confusing, but then Yogi was famous for confusing quotes. We face a multitude of choices every day. These choices are easy when we establish priorities and a set of principles to use in our decision making.

When deciding where you want to go, set your goals high. Consider your strengths, but don’t be afraid to test your weaknesses. There are many personality tests and interest tests available that can help you discover what type of career you are best suited for and help you understand why you relate to people the way you do. Knowing this information, you can take advantage of your strengths and work on your weaknesses.

I once recruited college graduates for high-paying jobs and was surprised to find that many of those graduates had already limited themselves by setting artificial boundaries regarding where they were willing to work and whom they were willing to work for. In some cases, those graduates had never been more than a few hundred miles away from home, and they wanted to work and build their lives in the little world that was familiar to them.

I encouraged them to go beyond their self-imposed boundaries and open their minds to the limitless opportunities they had not even considered. I wanted them to be successful, and part of being successful is considering all of the possibilities. Here are some principles to adhere to when considering those possibilities:

  • If you want something, go and get it! Don’t be afraid to imagine big things for yourself. Those who think big achieve big things.
  • Fail as much as possible. No one is successful 100% of the time. Those who are not afraid to fail achieve the most.
  • Persist in pursuit of your goals. Persistence may be the most important attribute leading to success.
  • Don’t let the past define you. Achievements are just steps toward our future.
  • Don’t let people who are going in a different direction hold you back. Your friends can be your worst enemies. Though they would never admit it, some friends don’t want you to achieve more than they do. Be kind and compassionate, but pursue your goals.
  • Be willing to laugh at yourself and laugh with others. It’s healthy and keeps things in perspective.
  • Live a good moral and ethical life. Many great men and women have been brought down by bad moral and ethical decisions. Be a person of integrity.
  • Respect everyone who crosses your path. You don’t have to like who they are as a person, but everyone who crosses your path knows something you don’t know or has had experiences that you have not had. You can learn from them.

Bottom line, if you don’t take charge of your future, someone else will. Think big, live life with purpose, respect those around you, and leave a legacy you can be proud of.

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Lindsey Smith —

Great thoughts! It is always good to do some self-reflecting and then move forward.

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