Why You Should Explore Different Paths in Life and How It Will Help You Grow

I want you to picture your drive to work or school in the mornings.

You probably take the same way every time. The same left turn, the same stop signs, you pass the same gas stations, every single day.

You do it because you’ve probably found the most efficient way possible. Whether it’s the shortest distance, quickest drive, least amount of traffic, etc.

And I’d bet you that it took a few days to first figure out what that was. You might have tried a certain way on your first day, then another on the second day and realized that the second way takes a little bit longer or vice versa.

It really doesn’t matter how you get to work or school though, as long as you get there, right? You can take any path you want to get there, just get there.

Such is life.

It doesn’t matter how you get where you want to go. Some of us might like to take the long way around town because there is less traffic, even though it might take us 5 or 10 minutes longer.

Some of us might want to make our way through neighborhoods or back roads.

My point however, is this; your path is totally up to you.

We all have different preferences, we all have different abilities, we all have different strategies, the list could go on and on.

We’re all different, plain and simple.

Stop comparing yourself and your path to somebody else’s. Just because someone became a CEO at age 28 doesn’t mean that because you are 28 and not a CEO yet you’re a failure.

You have the ultimate ability to choose your path. You are in full control. You are in charge of your success just as you are in charge of your lack thereof.

You are the only person in the driver’s seat of your life.

Take advantage of your ability to do this.

Allow yourself to test out a few different paths before you decide which one you will take every day.

Using myself as an example, for a while I had tried to get up and workout every day at 6 AM. I realized that I wasn’t able to put everything in to those workouts that I wanted to simply because I couldn’t get my body to wake up and perform how I needed it to for my workouts to truly payoff.

I realized shortly after trying that out that I handled afternoon workouts much better. I was able to get some food in my body for energy, I was able to be awake and moving around all day and I noticed that my body was much happier with the afternoon workouts.

That is just like trying a few different routes to work. I tried traveling on the north side of town to get to work when it turns out I am better suited and it just works better for me to use the south side instead.

There is nothing wrong with either of these options.

But I realize what I am better suited for and what I prefer. It doesn’t mean that I am wrong, and it doesn’t mean that my buddy who works out at 5 AM every day is wrong.

We are both right because we are both doing what works best for us.

Try different things. Expand yourself. Test your limits. Learn about your likes and dislikes through trial and error.

The more you try, the more you’ll learn about yourself and the more you know about yourself, the happier you will be because you will then be able to make the best possible decision for yourself at any given time.


Published by Skyler J. Windmiller

Football coach and entrepreneur starting my journey through life. Teaching all that I learn to people whose shoes I was recently in. I want to let every young adult know what I wish I knew then.

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