The Secret Path to Fulfillment

The Secret Path to Fulfillment


Apparently, I didn’t get the memo about how life works.

I didn’t start college until most of my friends were graduating with their degrees. Instead, I worked and traveled.

I had a stable job, but I left it. And I haven’t really had a normal job since. Most of my friends had temporary jobs in college, then got normal jobs.

I didn’t get married until most of my friends were celebrating their 10-year wedding anniversaries.

I just now had my first child, while all my friends have kids who are going into high school.

Basically, I’ve done stuff very much out of order from what most people do.

Lately I’ve been speaking at colleges and to groups of young adults about Vision Map and Summit Leaders. The question I always get asked is, “How can I do what you do? What degree do I need? What certification?”

I do my best to answer their question. But what I really want to tell them is that they are asking the wrong question. The question they should be asking is, “How do I create my own path?”

Because I’m almost 100% convinced that you’ll never get where you really want to be by following someone else’s formula. You’ll only get where you want to be by being true to the path God takes you on. Even if it means doing things out of “order” from what everyone else is doing.

You are unique. So don’t try to copy someone else. Sure, take advice. You can learn from the paths of others. But if God seems to be leading you off the beaten path then go with it.

Don’t be afraid to be different from what everyone else is doing. Even if it means you stay single a little longer, have less stable jobs, or wait a while to have kids. The path to adventure is often quite different than the path everyone else is on.

Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 2 Peter 1:10