How Life Really Works

Have you ever heard someone say, “The quickest way to get from point A to point B is a straight line.” Well, I want to tell you, life doesn’t always work out that way.

At least that’s been my experience.

The “straight line” answer suggests simplicity, ease, and a confident route. But, have you noticed that in real life we often face complexity, struggle, and doubts.  

Life isn’t always simple, easy, or clear.

If your life is anything like mine it will have it’s share of twists and turns between point A and point B.

How Life Really Works

So, what’s the answer? How do we then, get from point A to point B? How do we live the life we envision? How do we accomplish our dreams?

Here’s a few ideas.

1. Hold the vision. There is something to be said for tenacity and perseverance. Successful leaders know the importance of holding the vision. Never let go of your dream.

Discouraged? Hold the vision. Full of doubt? Hold the vision. Fearful? Hold the vision.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

“The future you see is the future you get.” – Robert G Allen

2. Work hard. Life was never meant to be easy.  If it were, then everyone would be rich, famous, powerful, and happy. Life takes work.

The good news is that when you are on the right path it doesn’t feel like work. Work can be joyful and yes, your life can be joyful even though it takes work.

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi

3. Remember that life is a journey not a destination. If getting from point A to point B was always a straight line it would be pretty boring. What’s exciting is realizing that life is a journey and meant to be lived fully.

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” — Hunter S. Thompson

 4. Travel with a friend. Have you ever noticed how much more fun a journey is when you are with a friend? Make that several friends, and you’re really going to have fun.

Life is more fun when we have the love and support of our friends. So, be a good friend to have good friends. It will make the journey more enjoyable.

Yet, there may be times when you feel all alone. For me, that’s when my faith in God sustains me. He never forsakes me.

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”  – Walter Winchell

Getting from where you are today to where you want to be may not be easy. But if you hold the vision, work hard , enjoy the journey, and create true friendships, you’ll do just fine.

A version of this post first appeared on Getting From Point A To Point B.

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4 Responses to "How Life Really Works"

  1. Gary Gruber says:

    I have good news for you! Retirement is also a journey, not a destination!

  2. Lisa Yetman says:

    Never have truer words been spoken! My life has definitely had its share of twists, turns, hills, valleys, etc. Being that I still haven’t reached my destination as to what I see as my ultimate goal, I know that everything I have accomplished so far is only leading there – in my case, back to working with the Walt Disney Company (at Walt Disney World, hopefully!)!!
    Always focused in reality, I know sacrifices have to be made in order to achieve success. Like myself, there are many others out there who feel the unmistakeable pull and pervasive need to be elsewhere on the journey. Thanks, Dan, for planting a few directioal signs in my path with this posting!

    • Dan Forbes says:

      Thanks Lisa for sharing your story. I guess another lesson is “keep moving.” As long as we keep moving in the direction of our dream, we have not failed. Best of luck as you continue your journey.

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