Where Does Your Ladder Lean?
Updated: Dec 23, 2018
Has following the path you were taught to follow led you to the life you've always wanted to live? Unless you were fortunate enough to get some really great advice growing up, your answer to that question is probably "not really". If that’s the case for you, when was the last time you stopped to question the direction your life was heading? Before we’re old enough to tie our own shoes, we’re taught to go to school, get good grades, get into a good college, get a good job, and climb the corporate "ladder". When was the last time you stopped to question where this ladder was taking you? Do you know with certainty that your ladder is leaning against the right wall? Could it be possible that you need a new ladder altogether? “Sheep behavior is a risky path”. Wise words my uncle wrote to me in a letter just before he passed. Sheep behavior is a risky path indeed. If you follow what everyone else is doing, you’ll get the exact same results that everyone else is getting. I don’t know about you, but the average person’s “results” don’t exactly align with the life that I envision for myself, and for my family. Take an honest look at the people above you at your job today. Aside from having a higher salary, can you picture yourself in their shoes 5-10 years from now? If the answer is “no”, then what is it that you’re working so hard for every day besides a paycheck? If money is the only motivation behind your actions, it’ll never be worth it in the long run. If you're at a job that makes you miserable, or makes you feel like you have to pretend to be someone else all day, please take a moment to at least consider going another route. We all have bills to pay, but no amount of money is ever worth your mental health. There are plenty of other opportunities out there, and plenty of ways to earn a living outside of the 9-5 grind. You may not like where you are in life, but take comfort in knowing that from this moment forward, you get to choose where you’re headed. If this message resonates with you, do yourself this one favor today: Grab a pen and paper, sit down for 10 minutes, and quickly write out your answers to the following questions: 1. What is the current state of your life as a whole? What does a typical day for you look like? 2. How do you want your life to look around this time next year? What about in three years? How about five years? 3. What’s one thing you could do this week that would move you one step closer to the life that you envisioned for yourself in the previous question? My hope is that someone who really needs this today sees it, and takes action. You deserve to be the director of your own life. "Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you." - Jim Rohn
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