Inspiration: Don’t Let A Detour Be A Derail
We’ve all heard “Success is a journey, not a destination” and while that is completely true, why is it so many fail to reach their ultimate destination? Why do they fall short of their potential? Why do the settle for less than the satisfaction of achieving all their goals?
Is it lack of talent or ability? I seriously doubt it. Some of the most successful people in the world have “made the best out of what they were given”.
So what is it?
Those who achieve that ultimate level of success, who live in the rarified air of the upper ½ of 1% have had just as many if not more setbacks than those who fail. They’ve had obstacles—they’ve had failures which in many cases took them to their knees.
But, they got up. They failed to let a detour be a derail. Think about that; when one comes to an obstacle in their path, something that must be overcome in order to continue their journey to that ultimate destination, it must be dealt with. Go around it, go over it, go through it and figure out a way to circumvent it. Do whatever it takes in order to continue your journey. Don’t give up at the first sign of any kind of resistance. That’s where failure takes place. That’s where the gather is of those who say, “I guess success if just reserved for other people.”
No, that resistance is there to strengthen you, to toughen you up and to see how badly you want it. As the late Dr. Randy Pausch put it,
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
Remember, it’s ok to detour. In fact, it is part of the process. Expect it. Be prepared for it—they are going to happen. Just don’t let them derail you.