The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream. -Tommy Hilfiger
The Path of Least Resistance
As a combat engineer in the U.S. Army we specialized in explosive breaching. The frontman during a breach is always instructed to choose the path of least resistance. This meant to take the path with the fewest obstacles when entering a room.
There is a reason for this. Breaching is extremely dangerous and as the frontman you should choose the direction with the fewest obstacles because you want to ensure a successful entry into a room. Keep in mind, your success means your survival and the survival of the men coming into the room after you.
In the same fashion, following the path of least resistance can be a good rule to apply to your life.
How to Apply it to Your LifeFollowing the path of least resistance means finding what comes easiest to you. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
- What sets your soul on fire?
- What excites you?
- If you could do something all day, what would that be?
Take a look at what you answered to the above questions. One or more of these answers may be what you’re most passionate about.
For example, starting around the age of 9 years old, I loved playing basketball. Why? Because I was athletic and the game came naturally to me. When I was alone or with the team, basketball practice didn’t feel like work because I enjoyed every minute of it. As a result, I was one of the better players throughout the years I played in high school.
Think about that. Because I enjoyed the sport so much doing the necessary work to get better was both easy and enjoyable.
The path of least resistance is the thing you love to do most. When you love it, it doesn’t feel like work and you’ll be more likely to overcome the obstacles that come along with becoming great at it.
Now go out and do what you were put on this planet to do. If you are unsure of what that is, become passionate about finding your passion.
Make taking the path of least resistance an important rule in your life and you won’t regret it.
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