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Determining Your Path

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending a few days relaxing with some dear friends. My wife and I were in southern California on business, and they invited us to relax on Catalina island. It was rejuvenating to simply do “nothing” for a weekend.
You have a few options to get to Catalina and its scenic little town of Avalon. My friend owns a sailboat. So he and his wife took off early in the morning for the five-hour sail from Marina Del Ray to the island. My wife and I were not so adventurous. We opted for the hour and twenty minute Catalina Express. It’s a large boat that scoots across the water at an impressive speed.
At lunch that first day we ran into an integrator from the SoCal area. He decided that morning to come to the island, but all of the tickets on the Catalina Express were sold out. So he took a helicopter. For twelve minutes and eleven seconds, he scooted above the water until he was magically on the island. Twelve minutes and eleven seconds.
This became something of a running joke during our weekend retreat. The sailing couple could not believe the time. Where they had spent five hours bracing the water this young man had hopped into a helicopter and, poof, was where he wanted to be in twelve minutes in eleven seconds. I would argue, though, that each path has their advantages.
Being from the Midwest, I have not had a significant number of opportunities to sail the open sea. Yes, we have lakes and rivers, but they are not the ocean. I would have thoroughly enjoyed a five-hour sail from L.A. to Catalina. Not that I didn’t benefit from the experience of popping on a boat and being whisked across the water. But sailing is much different than riding in a ship.
We have all had different paths to get where we are. You will take a different route than others. Your success is defined by you and no one else. That mark, that goal, you have in front of you now will likely change as the years go on. That’s ok. As long as you are aiming for something and not just spinning around aimlessly, you’re making progress.
There will be some goals you get to quickly like our helicopter friend. The experience will be so much different than the one that takes much more effort and time like my friend and his sail boat. But let me encourage you to take the path that best suits you and not someone else. It is your journey. It is your goal. It is your trip.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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