Proof points are essential, idols are dangerous. They look the same, so it’s important you know the difference as you’re figuring out your next step.
Proof points are individuals in the marketplace who are working jobs that make you say, “That’s my job! I’d love to do that!!!” You should invest time in identifying these people and interviewing them to learn how they got there.
Idols are also individuals who are working jobs that make you say, “That’s my job! I’d love to do that!!!” Hence, why they’re so dangerous.
The difference between the proof point and the idol is the way you perceive them in your mind. Proof points provide ONE WAY that you might consider getting to a job “just like that.” Idols provide the ONLY WAY to get to a job “just like that.”
Proof points build confidence because they help you realize all of the myriad paths you could follow to land in your dream job. Idols breed discouragement because you feel limited in your options, like if you didn’t follow “THE path” you will never get there.
The trick is your mindset. Just because you didn’t pursue the same path doesn’t mean you’re hopeless. Find the proof points, but don’t idolize them. Use them as a benchmark and nothing more.
Then make your own way.
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