If you check out the blogs in my blog roll, they are all by people who have success in the areas of personal and leadership development. I have gotten the chance to meet a lot of these individuals and to hear their stories. I recently reread the poem The Road Not Taken and looking at the poem I can see a great similarity between it and the success of these leaders.
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
After reading the poem through, if you know any of the bloggers I mentioned you can see why they are so successful. This paraphrase from the poem applies to them “two roads diverged in a wood, and [they], [they] took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
An interesting thing is that while traveling the road less traveled this group of leaders did not do it alone, they learn from each other and from other leaders around the world. Traveling the road less traveled does not mean doing it alone, it fact you’ll find the company on that road usually leads to more meaningful relationships.
Life’s an Adventure