Milestone to Milestone

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When we are planning a long trip, we can sometimes get thrown off track by how long it takes to go from the start to actually completing the journey.  The larger the travel or, the less experience you have traveling, the more arduous the trip may seem before you go. This is especially worrisome if you have not taken a trip like this before.

When I was a kid, going on a family vacation for two weeks across five or six states seemed almost impossible. I was never sure we would make it to the end of the day, much less through the entire trip and back home. Yet as we started out, even with all my doubts, I began to understand. We stopped every day for lunch. We stayed at a motel for the night. Ate dinner and saw a local place of interest or swam and watched TV. And we even made it to our destinations and back home in one piece.

When I was much older, I started traveling overseas to perform modifications and repairs on electronic equipment. The first few times were again a little unnerving, yet I soon learned how to journey, and how to get the job done and make all my connections. By the time I was through traveling I had been to five of the seven continents, most of them several times.

It is sometimes difficult and arduous to plan and take a trip somewhere new when everything is firm and in place. Imagine how much harder is to design a trail and find your way to where you want to be in the future. Some may call this impossible, yet, if you research and plan and calculate carefully, you can make it. After all, if you’re looking at a five or 10-year plan, we hope that you are still around in five or ten years to enjoy the outcome of your hard work.

Most young people fresh out of high school or college may have some concerns. However, if you’re willing to add in a little elbow grease and some research, most people can do this.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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