“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and I – I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference.” ~ Robert Frost
Frost’s quote has always reminded me of a quote by one of my other favorite poets, Ralph Waldo Emerson who similarly stated, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” The words used by the two poets may differ slightly but the meaning is quite similar. It’s all about taking a chance in life now and then.
Life can get pretty boring when it’s always predictable. Sometimes you just need to “shake things up a bit” and you do that by venturing into the unknown and blazing a new trail or at the very least, following the path less traveled.
A couple of weeks ago we lost one of the great innovators of our time with the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs and Apple Corporation has certainly been a modern day trail-blazer. The result of that willingness to try new ideas is that almost every home in America now has some type Apple product; whether an Apple computer, iphone, ipad, ipod or some other form of Apple innovation.
Also, just last week we celebrated Columbus Day. Here is another perfect example of someone willing to take a huge chance against popular public opinion and the result changed the world forever. When you think about it, almost every innovative change in the world came about because someone chose to take the road less traveled. I’ll bet when Ben Franklin first took to flying kites in a thunderstorm he was the topic of ridicule among his neighbors.
I believe at least one great innovation lies within each of us. It may not be a world changing innovation, but on a personal level, it is certainly a life changing one. What great innovation lies inside of you just waiting for you to take the road less traveled? The next time you come to that point in your life where two roads diverge in a yellow wood, which one will you take?
Monty Rainey is a District Manager in the self storage industry since 1996 currently overseeing 21 stores in the Austin & San Antonio, TX area. He is also a leadership coach and public speaker. For a free consultation, please contact Monty at 830-743-2139 or visit his website at http://www.montyrainey.com .