Committed Exploration Can Lead to the Greatest Journey of Your Life

kayak at sunsetI was kayaking with my son last weekend, and as we stopped paddling for a while so we could have a sip of water and to chat we drifted lazily down the river. While doing this we saw a branch of the river that we’d never explored in our previous three trips down this river. There was no real reason we’d avoided that branch; we were just content to stay on the main part of the river at that point in our journey, but this time we both had the inclination to explore this route that was unknown to us.

Timing, as they say, is everything. We loved this new path! It contained a mixture of what we love in our kayaking: a portion that got (mildly) fast, overhanging willow trees, jumping fish, turtles sunning themselves on logs, wildflowers, and even an old dock that we could tie onto and stretch our legs on. It was perfect.

There are times in all of our lives when it’s time for something new. There may well be nothing wrong with the path we’ve always taken, but it’s important to remember that we are in charge of our journey. The “raft” doesn’t wander aimlessly. We control where it goes, and sometimes we need to choose to steer it into unexpected waters so that we can continue to experience, grow and achieve.

In a career sense, we have heard from a number of people who have decided to explore the possibility of buying their own business. Our two new pages, How to Buy an Existing Business and How to Buy a Franchise Business, have really struck a chord with the membership. Many are tired of the uncertainty that comes with working for someone else and want to know that their efforts are appreciated, under their control, and that they’re building something they can be proud of. These people are choosing that other branch in the river. It may seem risky at times and there’s always fear of the unknown to contend with, but you will find beautiful aspects and places to feel comfortable along the way.

I encourage you to steer toward this branch in your “career river” and check out our pages on buying a business… it may very well be the greatest journey of your life.

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is ExecuNet's president and chief economist. An Arjay Miller Scholar, Mark received his MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Yale University. He joined ExecuNet in 1993, with extensive marketing and new product and business development experience, having served as president and founder of A&M Associates, an investment management firm. Mark's corporate leadership experience includes several senior marketing and financial positions with RCA Global Communications (a GE subsidiary) and American Can Company.

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