I was asked what’s the riskiest thing I’ve ever done which has not paid off. My immediate response,
Choosing to take the road less travelled.
Challenges I’ve faced:
- You’re not popular.
- Even your friend’s kind of want you to fail.
- It’s lonely.
- People question whether you’re on the right road
- You consistently get asked, why can’t you be like everyone else, by your parents and other loved ones.
- Your goals and aspirations seem too big for the world to see you attaining them.
- In your heart, you know the other road is easier.
- Success on this road is harder to attain, because the metrics for measurement are different.
- Scary for you and others.
- People tolerate rather than like you.
- Sometimes you inadvertently make others feel inadequate.
- You feel like you belong in a different room, a room to which you haven’t found the key.
Lessons I’ve learnt:
- I learnt that the richest people are the ones who are true to themselves.
- When you’re taking the more arduous route you become stronger.
- Your heart makes decisions your head would never have let you make.
- The only person I really have to answer is me.
- I take full responsibility for where my life is at.
- It’s liberating and empowering.
- It’s kind of the matrix red pill, blue pill choice.
- I’m required to show up every day and make it count.
- Internally you know you’re on the right road.
- My life’s work has more value and meaning than any check could ever have.
- Other people who are truly taking their road less travelled are supportive and confident of your abilities.
- I could never go back to the ‘main’ road.
- You learn tremendous amounts, the kind of stuff you can’t learn from books or blogs.
- Being the better and best version of you becomes the goals.
- To live life on your terms.
- Most of all it inspires you to try to change the world
Did it pay-off?
According to the world’s definition of success [the usual fame and fortune kind], No I don’t have that. Yet personally for me it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.
The biggest dare we actually face is the dare to be ourselves and share our uniqueness with the world.
On that account, I haven’t failed.