Real Map of Life

In a previous post, I have discussed this idea by Earl Nightingale:


“… think of a ship leaving a harbor and think of it with a complete voyage mapped out and planned. The captain and crew know exactly where it’s going and how long it will take. It has a definite goal. 9,999 times out of 10,000 it will get to where it started out to get.

Now let’s take another ship, just like the first, only let’s not put a crew on it, or a captain at the helm. Let’s give it no aiming point, no goal, and no destination. We just start the engines and let it go. I think you’ll agree with me that if it gets out of the harbor at all, it will either sink or wind up on some deserted beach, a derelict. It can’t go any place because it has no destination and no guidance.”

I think that this problem is a little more subtle than that. Every single person I have met has a map of life in front of them. Very few people in their mature years will tell you that they have no clue about what their ultimate goals are. Then, why is their a discrepancy between those 5% and 95% people Earl mentions in his book?

This is because having something in our head and actually realizing something are two different things. An actual map of life is determined by the real actions we take every day. Regardless of how great our intentions are, that only constitutes a dream and not a map otherwise.

Let us remind ourselves again: what we do today is all that matters. If we are not taking at least one step towards it today, our real map is different than the imaginary map in our head.

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