Had an interesting discussion last night over at Successful-Blog‘s Tuesday night Open Comment Night ritual. As always there was good conversation to be had over there. The topic last night was the future and fortune telling.

Now personally I don’t think I really want know exactly what my future holds until I get there. If I did, I’m not sure I’d have enough heart to make it through the tough times.

And when I look back over my life so far as I approach 40, there have been some challenges that I’ve had to overcome. If I knew the extent of those difficulties before I got to them, I suspect I might have been more inclined to give up before I made it through rather than sticking with the stuff and actually overcoming the obstacles that have been in my path.

Another struggle I have with the whole see into the future scene is that it seems to me the professionals in that field are predisposed to tell only the good news to their clients. I mean we call them fortune tellers.

Do you think a psychic would be able to make a living if they hung a shingle advertising themselves as misfortune tellers?

Instead they tell us what we want to hear. We’re going to be rich, famous, or find the perfect person to marry. Blah, blah, blah.

I’m not convinced that message really helps us, even if it were true.

From what I’ve seen the road to success in pretty much any area is paved with adversity and challenge. And if we have false expectations that we will be traveling down easy street instead of the real road to success we’ll have that much harder a time hanging in when life begins to happen and things get a little messy.

But I realize I may be off base on this one. So here’s my question for you:

If you knew before hand how difficult running your own business would be at times, would you have started anyway? Would you have slugged through all that uncertainty, or do you think you would have gravitated toward a relatively easier company job instead?

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