I had a fascinating conversation with an individual awhile back and they pointed out that my success was because I did things my own way, â€œbreaking the rules,â€ and took my own path.
They felt I got out of the rat race by ignoring traditional business â€œrules,â€ and that others may not be capable of the same path and be able to work from home (or work from anywhere for that matter).
I thought about that for quite some time.
The funny part is, that my successes were obtained not by ignoring the â€œrules,â€ but by making sure I knew what they were first.
When I failed at something it was, for the most part, due to taking too many shortcuts. I thought I understood the area I was going into, but I cut corners.
Later I learned that you could cut corners (or â€œrefine your techniquesâ€ as experts like to spin it). But only after you know how the game is played and what the end result is suppose to be.
If I wanted to drive across the country, I have to know where I am going to start AND where I want to end.
If I just drive off down the road and start taking random turns I donâ€™t know if they are really getting me to the end quicker or not. Without knowing where I want to end up, I could just make it a longer trip (a lot longer!).
â€œRulesâ€ are no different than shortcuts. You can break the rulesâ€¦but you need to learn them first.
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