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There ain't no point moving on till you've got some where to go. The road that I have walked on, well it filled my pockets but emptied out my soul.George Michael, Waiting
I was sitting on the train last week, listening to my music and this song came on. Often I have it as background noise to cut out the rest of the train carriage so that I can concentrate on my book, but today the words broke into my concentration. It reminded me of a few conversations I have been having with people recently.
In business it is especially important, moving takes effort, resources and often money. Even personally, you won't get to where you want to be if you don't know where that is.
The second line resonated with me even more. This journey we call life is not all about getting as much money into your pockets as possible. You need to remain true to yourself and keep some of you soul. What you may think as a small thing may grow to something larger and before you know it, you are doing things you never thought you would do. This is well summed up in The 'not to do' list.
I have a 'not to do list' and so far, I have managed to stick to it, perhaps more through luck than judgement, but I have turned down a couple of potential projects based on my list. I sometimes find it a struggle to know what I want to do when I grow up so I have a rule that it is a yes until it I know it is a no.
The no comes from the fact I have my not to do list. Everything else I move forward with until I know enough to say no. This has had the benefit of me having some new and unusual opportunities come my way, that I would not have known how to search out if I had looked for them.
Continuing on with this post in a more coherent way, if you start along a path and it doesn't go in the right direction because you don't know where you want to go, after a few steps you can turn back and go the way you wanted, but carry on for a few miles and you will end up a long way from your desired destination and you will wonder why you allowed yourself to be carried along for so long.
This post was inspired by the song and this post from James Clear about the Helsinki Bus Station Theory. You need to stay on the bus!
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