“If You Fail, That’s Just A Chapter in the Story…”

September 29, 2013

I like to think of life as a series of chapters in a book, where each individual gets to write his or her own story. Roadtrip Nation encourages people to find their own Roads in life. But what happens when you feel like you’ve wandered off the path? How do you deal with writer’s block? This weekend’s youtube playlist is full of Leaders who have gotten creative, followed their hearts, and written unique stories. 



There’s a Great Gatsby quote that I’ve always loved, which reads, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” I think it’s true…there’s something about sweater weather and the appearance of pumpkin spice lattes that signals a fresh start. And, as the leaves change color and fall from the trees, we are all given the perfect opportunity to think about the changes we can make in our own lives. That’s why this fall is the perfect time for all of us to refocus and re-energize. Or, going along with this book metaphor, fall is a great time to proofread. What changes can we make in our lives to improve our stories?



Are you stuck with writer’s block, unsure of what to do next? I’ve often found myself stuck in that mindset. That’s when I take my mom’s advice—she’s always telling me to “fill the funnel.” By this, she means I should seek out as many opportunities as possible, apply to everything that interests me, and get creative. Solid advice—thanks, Mom!


Are you holding back because you’re afraid of failure? Roadtrip Leader Jonathan Poneman says, “If you fail, that’s just a chapter in the story. That’s not the story in and of itself.” That’s the awesome thing about your life. The end of your story is yet to be written, and you get full creative license!



This fall, I encourage you to take some time for self-reflection. And if you don’t have all the answers yet, never fear. As you write the next chapter of your personal story, I encourage you to make it an exciting one—full of chances, calculated risk, and discovery. Fill that funnel! For all my fellow wanderers on the path to self-discovery, I raise my pumpkin spice latte to you. Cheers.

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