The road not taken
by Robert Frost
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 kept 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.
In taken any decision to make a significant change in one’s life, be it on a personal or professional level, it is an imperative to ponder closely your motivation for desiring that change. From a professional standpoint when embarking on independent work is money the motivation? Is participating in a process aimed at achieving a greater good the motivation? Do you, quite frankly desire, to just do meaningful, thoughtful and fulfilling, authentic work? Whatever is the response the clarion call for action will mobilize you to seek after ways to achieve this change. For a long time modern development occurred in ways that have proven deleterious to the survival of humankind today. Practitioners within the social science sector are choosing to either effect change from within, that is, engage in work with existing institutions (Group A); or some are choosing to engage in work meant to effect change in ways external to the long standing institutional frameworks (Group B).
Odds are stacked high against the latter grouping and in fact sometimes odds are intentionally stacked high, aimed at preventing their success or growth. Existing institutions have the wherewithal to have existed and to keep existing. There is a level of collusion that manifests itself so that one in the latter grouping sometimes fails even before they begin. Separate gains made through past interactions are even lost. Without resolve or resilience the change maker and change taker in Group B may be so pressured to fold. It is therefore very important that the intrinsic motivation is clear. It is that factor that will make the difference.
Most people fear change. But it is non-nonsensical to do so. Life itself daily manifests change. Nature itself daily manifests change. The sun rises in the morning birthing a new day, each day is different from the other or the next for that matter. The sun sets. It sets. That means it establishes one day…in readiness and preparedness for a new day. Similarly when faced with the overwhelming thought or situation that plays out of failing in one endeavour, failure is not permanent. In fact failure is one of three ways humans learn the most lessons. Failure in business brings with it one of the best opportunities for change. Watch this video (entitled Famous Failures) for inspiration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLYECIjmnQs.
So whether failure came as a result of deliberate subterfuge or unknowingly due to inexperience or naïveté, it is not the end. If you desire to live a life without regret you have to …try again. That’s a part of life. Its a part of the cycle. Its change in action! Fear of change and fear of failure, I posit, are even synonymous. But there is nothing to fear but fear itself. Be liberated. Know what makes you You. Go after your dream. Seek to live a full life…one with its ups and downs healthily navigated…without fear. People will try to prevent others from thriving but even that fight will not last. (Read this for more insight- http://www.sociopathicstyle.com/people-of-the-lie/).
None of the obstacles that come with not playing it safe should be feared. That is why many do not attempt independent work. It is safer to work with establishments. It is more comfortable. Its the path of least resistance. There is nothing wrong with those persons. Respecting individual rights is important. However it is a beautiful feeling of charting new paths and making new discoveries. I rather a life where I am in awe very often of the immeasurable surprises in this world. The patterns and constants get boring. The inertia of the usual….I would rather journey through the unknown, make mistakes, fail, try often than…well…the opposite.