We found Bob Souer’s blog post (posted yesterday) Stop Looking For The Road Map To Success truly inspiring! Bob wrote, “You may think there is a map to success in voiceover. And there may even be people telling you they have the map and are willing to share it with you. At a price. The price, of course, might be money; but it might be other stuff, too.” Bob then goes on to say, “The map has been replaced by the compass, the map is less and less important all the time. The map, even if it does lead to success in voiceover (or whatever other enterprise you’re pursuing) leads to yesterday’s success. Not today’s. And certainly not tomorrow’s.” Bob based the idea behind his blog post from another one of our favorite bloggers & “purple cows”, Seth Godin. You can read Seth’s post here.
So yesterday I was driving around Studio City mulling over Bob & Seth’s posts and I happened to look up and spot a clever billboard by the innovative & inspiring folks from The Foundation For A Better Life. The billboard’s compelling message re-inforced what I had read earlier that day and echoed the sentiments of a book I’m reading called How To Get Arrested. In this delightfully insightful book, the author Michael Wallach says, “During the journey you call your career, a journey you take without a road map, you should follow your heart and do what you feel is right.” I couldn’t agree more.
Thus far on my journey, I’ve yet to discover a map that leads to success. I’ve made a couple of wrongs turns and have found myself “off roading” on more than one occasion. I’ve always kept moving forward and have never given up regardless of the terrain I’ve found myself traveling through. If indeed there happens to be a shortcut or secret to success, I’d rather not know it. Everyday I am thankful for the journey. I’m thankful for where’s it led me and where it’s leading me. Though, most importantly I’m thankful for the people I’ve met along the way!
Thank you Bob, Michael, Seth and Kermit for inspiring us to live our dreams.