The road to success is, without a doubt, unpredictable. Figuring out your next move is challenging, and it can sometimes feel like you’re doing everything wrong. Luckily, many people have paved the way before us, giving us a chance to learn from their achievements (and mistakes). Here are some pieces of wisdom compiled from the stories of a few highly successful individuals who took both traditional and non-traditional routes to get to where they are today.
Bottom line is, there’s no such thing as wasted time. There are lessons to be gained in all our experiences, whether you are in your dream job already, or still trying to find what your passion is. Sometimes we have to clear the brush away before we find the path that’s hidden underneath.
Now, if making lots of money is your thing, more power to you! The important lesson here is that we shouldn’t work ourselves to death (almost literally, in this case!) at the expense of living our lives and having experiences that will make us wealthy in a non-material sense. Lore was working towards something he thought was right for him, and it turned out it wasn’t. Getting tuned in to what you value and working towards that version of success will almost certainly lead to a greater sense of fulfillment when you eventually achieve your goals.
Understandably, we want to replace uncertainty with certainty, and instability with stability. But at his lowest point, Chopra was able to embrace the notion that everything happens for a reason. Even with a seemingly solid plan, things can go awry. But there is a beauty in the un-knowing, and it’s possible that, when things seem to go off course, we are actually being pushed in a direction to do something greater than we had ever planned on.
Clearly, persistence is key; but persistence requires courage. The real world offers plenty of ups and downs, but if you believe in yourself and keep at it, you will find your path. It couldn’t have been easy knocking down doors to get what she wanted, but anything worth having generally comes after a lot of work has been done, and a lot of fears have been faced. And, after all, courage is feeling the fear but doing it anyway.
Success doesn’t come pre-packaged. It’s up to each of us as individuals to decide what that means for our lives, and how we will go about achieving it. Whether you’re a recent grad just getting your start, or someone who is trying to make a go of it in a new industry, don’t be discouraged by what might appear as failure or loss. Let these experiences drive you to create exactly the career you want. And who knows? You could be the next Suze Orman, or the next Steve Jobs – but better even still – the next You.