Are You A Copy Or An Original?



“Never be afraid to tread the path alone. Know which is your path and follow it wherever it may lead you; do not feel you have to follow in someone else’s footsteps.” – Eileen Caddy

Back in 1974 I was called into a short interview with the Careers Master at school. He asked me what I wanted to do when I left school; I told him a close friend was thinking about going to work for a bank. I also told him that Maths had been my strongest subject at school. He suggested I go to see three bank managers that he knew and I took the first job that I was offered.

Looking back now, this seems a strange way to arrive at a life path, especially in light of the fact that my “close friend” went to University and studied psychology. I think in all honesty to have studied psychology would have been more helpful for me in what I am doing now. Instead I went to the “University of Life” and spent many years in banking, accounting and other work that required my number crunching skills.

Nothing is ever wasted, I do believe that being able to think logically is of great help for my Life Coaching clients in enabling them to see the wood from the trees, but I often wonder if I would have found my calling earlier if I had taken a different path to the one that resulted from the conversation with the so called Careers Adviser.

Many 16 year olds don’t have a clue what they want to do with their lives and they instead follow a career path that their parents took, or one followed by their peers. But it’s not only at age 16 when we can choose to be a copy rather than an original.

I have said before within these Daily Insights that I believe each person is here on planet Earth with a mission to complete. If you don’t know what your purpose is, it’s time to find out and then to pursue it, even if it means you have to do it alone! I believe that if you do a life of fulfillment and joy awaits you!