Finding Your Way: 4 More Lessons from the Camino de Santiago, Part 3

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Finding Your Way: 4 More Lessons from the Camino de Santiago, Part 3

As mentioned in a previous article, my journey on the Camino de Santiago taught me many lessons to carry out in my personal and professional life. This five-part series highlights 17 lessons on Finding Your Way to help guide us during those times when we may be a bit overwhelmed or anxious about which path to take in our professional (and personal) lives.

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5. Lesson #5: Talk to someone unlike you
Make friends with those unlike yourself: surround yourself with people with different interests and areas of expertise.

Take on projects or hobbies that you normally wouldn’t do: step outside your own box.

Challenge your worldview: don’t ever be satisfied with your assumptions. You could be wrong.

6. Lesson #6: You have to work for it
Don’t expect shortcuts: they only happen in the movies (and in The Way, Emilio Estevez’s character DIED taking a shortcut crossing the Pyrenees).

Put one foot in front the other: no one will walk for you. They may walk with you, but you still have to move yourself. It’s the only way to get where you want to go, whether that’s the top or elsewhere.

Put in effort and dedication: hard work does pay off. It might not be what you expect, but the payoff is there.

7. Lesson #7: Enjoy the view
Stop and smell the roses: don’t be in such a rush, you forget to pause. Pay attention to your surroundings.

Remember the journey on the way: the top is not the end. Enjoy the view.

Are you still you: if you do not recognize who you are becoming – and it’s not a good feeling, stop and re-evaluate.

8. Lesson #8: Sometimes, you have to wait
Hesitate: pausing allows time to reassess. Waiting for a better moment does not necessarily mean delaying your journey.

Learn to wait: having patience is not the same thing as putting off. Be sure you are not procrastinating, however. While waiting, better prepare yourself.

Be flexible: you don’t always get your way, so remain open-minded for all the unexpected possibilities.

For my personal journey about eating my way through the Camino, please check this out.