When two roads diverge in the woods, take the one less travelled by.
Once upon a time there was a mad man. ‘Mad’ by the way is another synonym for ‘original’, nowadays. As a child, he lived in Lewis Carroll’s house and his boyhood hero was Lloyd George. He had expected to become a prime minister when he grew up but instead he became a chef. He made a few stops in between though as a door-to-door salesman and a researcher’s apprentice.
Finally, it was as a chef that he made his mark. Good thirty years of his life went into sweating in the kitchens of the Hotel Majestic in Paris, where he dished out delicacies day after day. It was in the midst of all these sweat, toil, turmoil, baked apples and chaud-froid sauce, that he learned the life lessons on how to run an advertising agency. Yes, an advertising agency it was, and not the microwaved kitchens of a French luxury hotel that made him the millionaire that he was. For this mad man on the Madison Avenue, was none other than David Ogilvy, the co-founder of Ogilvy, Benson & Mather, and according to popular consensus “the father of advertising.”
And that’s why it’s said that it’s never too late to mend anything. It hardly matters where you are right now. You could still pursue your calling and there is no better time than the present moment to start working on it. Take the example of Colonel Sanders who had heeded his calling at the age of 62 (after being put down 1009 times) and turned it into what the world today recognizes as KFC.
When you work just because you have to, it becomes your job. When you work because you love to, it becomes a way of life that leads to divine bliss and contentment. Decide on your destination, figure out a road map, and screw up all your courage to embark on the journey. Exploring off-the-map locations often make for a great adventure Follow your heart and not the crowd. For a spirited, keen, seeking soul the world is but full of colorful possibilities.
Be like this mad man on the Madison, keep looking till you find what you are looking for. Don’t let your doubts or other’s opinion step in between. Should you even fail or falter, just get back up and tell yourself what Thomas Alva Edison once said to the whole world, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” And most importantly, keep going!
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