Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have heard this quote several times before, it is often recited in graduation speeches to eager students ready to take on the world, but it is never really explained. Most people would love to set out on a new path and built their own trail, but the thing is, building a trail is difficult and doing it without the right tools or training is just plain stressful. I agree that it is much more rewarding to build your own path, and have the satisfaction of knowing that everyone else is following your lead, but many people don’t realize that there is a learning curve to getting it right. Whenever you set out on a new path it is wise to take note of the advice of those who have gone before you. Learning from the mistakes of others is not exactly taking their path, it is just working their experiences into another approach. What most people don’t realize is the fact that avoiding the mistakes of others is beneficial to time management, anytime I have known the mistakes of another I worked around these mistakes, effectively giving myself time to make my own while still keeping on a solid pace. I like this quote but if I had to tell graduating seniors one thing about setting out on their own trail, it would be to never disregard the counsel of those who have gone before them. It is always awesome to achieve great things but there are no bonus points for doing it all by yourself.