August 18, 2023

Your Ladder is on the Wrong Wall

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Every day I talk with people caught in a dreadful cycle.

The ones who climbed the ladder of success, only to realize their ladder was leaning against the wrong wall the entire time.

It's a harsh reality that too many people face after years of toiling in corporate roles.

I Missed Time With My Kids.
Money and Titles Never Fulfilled Me.
At the Top, Everyone Was Miserable.

These are the painful words I hear regularly.

The pursuit of traditional paths for the sake of money or title will never lead to true joy.

It will simply lead to empty achievements, a hollow sense of satisfaction, and missed opportunities for genuine happiness.

It's amazing how often we get to the top of our ladder, look around, and realize that everyone around us is unhappy.

The years spent working away lead to a single, unexpected outcome: regret.

Over my 42 years on earth, I've learned that a life well-lived isn't about titles, money, or corporate glory.

It's about aligning work with your true passions and values.

It's about creating a path that leads to fulfillment and contentment, rather than chasing fleeting symbols of success.

Honestly, it's never too late to reassess and change your personal journey.

It doesn't matter if you're in a corporate role or a solopreneur, there's always an opportunity to redefine what success means to you and to make sure your ladder is against the right wall.

And if you want to break free from the traditional path, you don't have to do a 180 tomorrow.

Start by evaluating what truly matters to you and pursue that journey with relentless dedication during a few moments of free time.

If you can commit to doing it consistently, you'll find that you begin forging a new path; one that resonates with your core beliefs and allows you to thrive, not just survive.

Don't fall into the trap of following someone else's definition of success.

Don't let societal pressures dictate your destiny.

Assess your journey now, and make deliberate, thoughtful choices that lead you to a life of fulfillment, not regret.

Climbing the wrong ladder is a risk that a lot of us face, and it's a mistake that can cost years of happiness and contentment.

The pursuit of personal passions, aligned with our true values, is the key to a life well-lived. I'm still working on it and I feel like it's a neverending chase.

But, whether you're in the corporate world or navigating the challenges of solopreneurship, it's a chase worth going on.

Make sure your ladder is against the right wall, and take steps today to find the path that leads to fulfillment.

Let's redefine success, together, on terms that resonate with who we truly are.

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