The road less travelled

 

There was once a boy, who dreamed to study and join the air force. His father had another plan though. He gave him one of his cows to lure him to be a farmer just like him.

There was once a boy, who dreamed to study and join the air force. His father had another plan though. He gave him one of his cows to lure him to be a farmer just like him.

This boy had not only a dream but vision. He worked daily very diligently at dawn, milking his cow to sell the milk door by door. After a while he had collected enough to pay for his studies in the evening.

During his free time he would visit the city next door. He observed that there were many products that could be sold in the local commerce but just were not there. The then 18 years grabbed his economies and traveled to a bigger city to acquire these products. He started his small convenience store, which attracted much attention for its offerings. He finished his studies, and also grew, expanded and diversified his businesses to became one of the most successful entrepreneurs of his region.

This happened 68 years ago and the boy just turned 86 years old, with good health and energy to still work daily, as the CEO-‘pilot’ of his business.

He never joined the air force because he found another dream, another sky to fly. And it was his belief in his dreams that fueled his determination, ingenuity and capacity to create, discover and fly at a ‘high altitude’ as a born entrepreneur, despite all odds.

This man is my father and I’m very proud of him.

Why am I talking about him now? Someone said that there are three types of workers. The ones who avoid risk at all cost, and became public servants. The ones who want security, and turn into corporate employees. And lastly, the ones who take risks and pursue their dreams to become entrepreneurs.

On March 9th my father turned 86 and I can’t but be amazed of his drive and energy to enjoy and continue running his businesses. At the same day I read the result of a survey done in the Netherlands, which states that two thirds of the workforce declared to be unhappy with their jobs for they miss challenges and responsibilities.

In another international newspaper I also read that anyone above 45 of age is out of the corporate job market, and considered to be aged. Job seekers for CEO roles, which are mostly dealt with only by high level headhunters within closed CEO networks, are now experimenting the painful experience to search for jobs, like the rest of the people does – making resumes, networking, applying for jobs at lower levels, etc. because there aren’t enough opportunities anymore.

The common denominator in both stories is that either when unhappy on a job or when without one, people end up feeling demoralized and disempowered and don’t dream anymore. After so many years as corporate employees they may be  so conditioned to follow scripted roles and processes mostly thought about by other people, that they forget that they too can create new ways for themselves.

Because if they don’t see opportunities beyond the horizon, and just look for what they are used to, they will believe this lie that either they have to continue being unhappy with their jobs, or that they are old and out of the game. I know a 86 year old man who just proved otherwise.

Mark Twain once said — ‘Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.’

That is it! Go back to your essence and find the entrepreneur, the dreamer, who resides inside yourself. Don’t follow the mainstream thinking that makes you feel like a loser.

You’re the only one who can define yourself. If you want to win, go back to the court and play. Isn’t there a Chinese proverb stating that you often meet your destiny on the road you take to avoid it?

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Sharing sights & insights captured with diverse angles. Ex-corporate slave, now my own boss. Cycling, hiking, cooking, reading, yoga, writing and photography, are no longer only hobbies listed on my resume. It's what I do, when I want.

11 thoughts on “The road less travelled

  1. What a wonderful mentor your father has been for you! We all need reminding now and again to check if we are following the right path, and getting somewhere near to doing what we feel we are supposed to be doing with our lives. Lovely post. And thanks for popping by my blog the other day to ‘like’ my photo!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading it, Louise. And I am honored you liked it. I should tell him that one day before it is too late, as he is 86 y/o; though he is surely going over 100. It was a pleasure visiting your blog.

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  2. A great post and very thought provoking. Makes me think of my dad and he is a man of whom I can say I am very proud to be his daughter. Like your dad, great work ethic and integrity. He worked hard in his younger years and from his early 30’s with the support of mum set out to be self employed. He has provided well for us over the years and helped many others on the way. I wish your dad good health and many more productive years obviously doing what he loves!

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    1. Your comment touched me, Leanne. It’s been a long time since I posted and I was surprised that you took time to read it. Heartfelt thanks.
      Your Dad’s journey is beautiful and you have all reasons to be proud. Also of your mother’s support.
      Thanks for the wishes to my dad. I wish it in double to yours.
      May they live long, happy and healthy, so that we can learn even more from them.
      Best wishes to you.
      Lucile

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