I recently went to Moab, an amazing spot in Utah for hiking. On the first day we drove to the parking lot for our first excursion, made a quick lunch, put on sunscreen, grabbed some water and went to the trailhead to look at the map and decide which trail to take.
One trail would take us one way and another trail would take us the other. Both ended up at the same spot, but they each had potentially different vistas, terrain, and experiences.
Based on feedback from the park ranger, who had been down the trails before, and based on gut instinct, we picked one.
Did we pick the right one? Who knows. We'll likely never know. But we made the most of it regardless and enjoyed the journey.
Imagine for a second that we stood at the trailhead all day long, paralyzed to make a decision because we didn't know *for sure* that we would pick the right trail. The extent of my trip would have been a view of the trailhead and a whole lot of "what might have been."
Welcome to the world of 90% of career clients I coach.
"Which way is right?"
"What if I pick wrong?"
"How can I know *for sure* that it will work out?"
Behold -- a few key lessons from the anecdote:
A word of caution: asking people about the path once you've figured out your passion is crucial. Asking people about your passion before you've figured it out is dangerous. That would be like me asking other people where they think I should go on vacation. "Well, I liked Y because of the beach." If that had happened, I never would have made it to Moab in the first place. YOU figure out your passion, don't let others do it for you.
If you're at the trailhead, you're in a good spot. It means you've done the research and reflection to figure out generally what you want to do with your life. Now don't get stuck trying to pick the right path.
Just choose something. You can always turn back, jump trails, or carve a new path.
Hi! I'm Dustin.
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