Lately, I’ve been on a Led Zeppelin kick. Every so often, I find myself listening to the soulful sounds and lyrics of my all time favorite band. Some times it’s about nostalgia. Other times it’s about kicking myself in the butt to move forward.
The transition from the corporate world into entrepreneurship has been quite the journey. When I took the leap almost 2 years ago, I thought I had everything figured out. Yeah, right. I had some things in order – a plan, money in the bank, a website, and speaking engagements. But then there were things that came up that I had no idea were around the corner.
For instance, my network. With 20 years of experience in multiple industries spanning corporations, niche businesses, and consulting firms, I had tons of contacts to help build my business. Except, now I was in the entrepreneurial camp – not corporate. Who knew that I would end up feeling so alone? The mindset is completely different. I needed a new network of like-minded individuals.
Through this transition, I have been undergoing a transformation of sorts. Of course, I didn’t realize it until recently. My overly analytical and logical mind was getting the best of me. What worked before to keep me moving forward suddenly didn’t seem to work. Working harder and longer wasn’t moving the needle. (Sort of like exercising more to lose those 5 pounds quickly. It worked in my 20s – not so much in my 40s.)
So as I listened to my “Get the Led Out” playlist on my iPhone, my soul was stirred in a remarkable way while listening to “Stairway to Heaven.” Music lyrics have a way with our thoughts. Perhaps they stir up old emotions or create a fire in the belly. We dance crazy to release energy with some music and find stillness and reflection with others. For me, there was one particular line in this song that spoke directly to me.
“Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road you’re on.”
We all have choices in our lives. In business, in relationships, with our health, and with our money. We do the best we can with the information we have in front of us. We try new things. Set off in new directions. Expand our comfort zone.
Some times it works great. Other times, not so much.
Every day we are faced with choices. Our future is determined by the actions we take today. As we take one small step forward, we gain information that allows us to assess and adjust the next step. Do this repeatedly, and we march closer and closer toward our goals. But what if we miscalculated? What if we took all these steps along the way and woke up down the road wondering where the heck we went wrong?
In my former corporate life, I did that a number of times. When I got to that moment where I fell flat on my face, I got up, dusted myself off, and kept moving forward. Why? Because there is always time to change the road you are on.
In our world of instant gratification, it’s sometimes hard to see that we can choose where we end up. We can set a long-term goal and take smaller actions to achieve it. And when we get there, we can decide if we want to stay on that path or go in another direction.
For me, taking the road less travelled and transitioning from corporate to entrepreneurship has had it’s own perils. Yes, there have been times where I have questioned my decision. More than one occasion where I felt so stuck I couldn’t move forward. But knowing that I can always change my course in the long run has brought comfort when fear arose.
We are all the drivers of our lives. We pilot the car. We stand on the accelerator or the brakes. We maneuver tight turns and speed down straight-aways. As long as our car is moving, we can make adjustments. We can take another path and find a fantastic new destination in the process.
The new path I’m headed down is showing me how to release the analytical side of me and embrace the emotional. Certainly not something I saw coming (or, for that matter, asked for). I choose to see this as an opportunity for growth and advancement. The scenic route. So, I’ve rolled down the windows, opened the sun roof, and turned off the highway and down the road less traveled.
Right now, I’m enjoying the journey. And I know there is still time to change the road I’m on.
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