I think a lot of people confuse the concepts of destination and transportation. Life is a journey, and almost everything we do along the way is transportation.
For instance, we don’t end up marrying most of the people we date in our lives.
But that doesn’t mean that each of these relationships is a failure. It means that each one is a key piece of transportation to the relationship that eventually will work out for life. It will work out because you experienced - and learned from - those prior relationships. Each relationship prepares you for – and brings you closer to - the one that will last.
I’ve seen too many people whose first real long-term, committed relationship was their marriage. Trust me, those don’t work out as well as the ones between people who’ve been in previous committed relationships.
The same thing goes with your career. A lot of very smart young people pop out of college thinking that because they have a great idea, or certain exceptional talents, they should be running a company. But there are a ton of other things you have to learn about life and business before you can effectively manage people and handle the countless other responsibilities that go into running a company.
Today’s part-time, or lower level job might not satisfy any career goals for those kinds of people. But it’s not supposed to. It’s supposed to teach you skills and give you experience that will bring you closer to being able to fulfill your career goal. It’s transportation. It’s a very necessary step along the way.
The bottom line is that every opportunity leads to something else. The more you commit yourself to each piece of transportation, the harder you work at it while you’re in it, the further it will take you. You’ll see – it all connects in the end.
There are no real dead ends in life.
I worked in a kitchen when I was growing up, 80-90 hours a week, at Camp Sussex. There’s a lot of opportunities like this. Is that work nothing?