Over the last 10 months, I have gone through what Jon Acuff would call a career #DoOver. Now I can personally vouch for every lesson he point out about making wise career choices in his previous book called "Start". Not just because I read his book, but because I made every mistake Jon himself made and warns about in his book, after I read it. Stupid things to learn first hand, I know, but so worth it. Guess I wanted to make sure that it was the truth. A lesson Jon Acuff talks about that is so easy to overlook, is that your current job can be the biggest ally of your dream job, because it enables you to make mistakes while you still have a safety net to fall back on to. It gives you the option to say "no" when it matters and "yes" the few times when you need to. It is similar to the idea that money doesn't buy happiness. We all want to find out for ourselves first if it is in fact true or not.
It is at times frightening if you can't see the road further than a few days or weeks ahead. But it has taken me down a road, where today I can finally point to reaching a big goal in life. To publish something and have it out in the big wide world for people to learn from, tear it apart and shoot full of holes. All in the name of fighting fear and failure, but also to learn and grow from others support and constructive criticism about my own little crooked thing I created.
In a nutshell, I reached a fork in the road and had to make some easy but challenging choices. Continue down the wide normal path and have the same years experience, over and over. Or take the path where the only path is the one you cut yourself as you journey along. The thing is, you can't just jump direct from the wide path to the narrow path all in one go. It takes a transition that you have to be mindful of. It often means you will be traveling on both these roads, all at the same time.
The key is to never get stuck, no matter which road you are on at the moment. You have to keep moving forward. It is impossible to know what your life will look like in ten years. But you are in full control of today and to a large extent next week. Which is why today, is a good day to start with the next goal that the narrow road will travel to. And still be O.K with the idea, that every now and again, you will have to travel on the wide easy road to make it possible to travel on the narrow rewarding road as often as possible. Just don't get stuck on the wide path for eternity.