Journeys & Destinations

When someone says “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey,” I can’t help but think that they’ve never journeyed on a crowded airplane next to that over-sharing stranger who insists on popping personal bubbles, or in front that kid who never stops kicking the seat. Or I figure that they’ve never basked in the sun at a destination beach, sipping on a rum & Coke out of a coconut. A lot of times, it’s the destination that makes the journey worth it.

However, after my cynical side calms down, I have to admit that sometimes it really is the other way around.

Meeting goals can be exciting and important, but the memories you make along the way can also be cherished for a lifetime. And the lessons you learn as you grow from failure, adapt to changing landscapes, and earn success can be invaluable as you continue to lead your business. The rewards from a journey can not only lead to the originally intended destination, but can also pave the way for greater goals, for more exotic destinations.

I guess what I’m saying is that sometimes it’s about the destination and sometimes it’s about the journey and sometimes it’s about both. Each one makes the other worth it. Maybe it’s less important to focus on the semantics of the proverb, and more important to venture out in life with bold determination to reach your goals and careful reflection as you learn along the way.

When there are weather delays, equipment malfunctions, subcontractors blunders, or slow sales months, keep on keepin’ on. It’ll be worth it for the destination you reach, or the lessons you’ll learn, or both. And either way, you deserve a rum & Coke. Cheers.

Are you more inspired by the journey or the destination?? What do you drink on the beach?? Let us know in the comments below!!


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Ethan Smith

Ethan is a Content Curator for Trader Interactive, serving the commercial brands Commercial Truck Trader, Commercial Web Services, and Equipment Trader. Ethan believes in using accessible language to elevate conversations about industry topics relevant to commercial dealers and their buyers.

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