The Journey Is Not Planned

Society covets plans because they aim to create and maintain the social order. Author Chris Guillebeau has a label for the individuals who support the ideology: “the unremarkably average.” You might be unfamiliar with the term, but not with the principles:

  1. Accept what people tell you at face value
  2. Don’t question authority
  3. Go to college because you’re supposed to, not because you want to learn something
  4. Go overseas once or twice in your life, to somewhere safe like England
  5. Don’t try to learn another language; every- one else will eventually learn English
  6. Think about starting your own business, but never do it
  7. Think about writing a book, but never do it
  8. Get the largest mortgage you qualify for and spend 30 years paying for it
  9. Sit at a desk 40 hours a week for an average of 10 hours of productive work
  10. Don’t stand out or draw attention to yourself
  11. Jump through hoops and check off boxes

I am sure the list frighteningly familiar, but those ambitions are no longer in alignment with your goals. You feel the urge to break free from the social order and make an impact. Author Seth Godin defines this person as the “the linchpin:”

A linchpin is the essential element, the person who holds part of the operation together. Without the linchpin, the thing falls apart.

How do you become a linchpin? I can’t answer the question because the journey is yours. I can impart advice:

  • Read, and read-widely
  • Ask yourself, “What will people say about me at my funeral?”
  • Get around people that inspire you
  • Question everything you don’t understand

The plan is not the point, it’s something more powerful: your growth.