The Well Trodden Path

We like well trodden paths. They are familiar, comforting and we recognise the scenery. We know them so well we could travel them with our eyes closed.

That’s the problem. We become wilfully blind, seduced by our habits. The scenery may not look as if it is changing, but it is.

Changes small enough not to be noticed day to day, but which like compund interest, build until they are huge.

If we’re investing in the future, compound interest is wonderful. If we’re borrowing from it, it will probably kill us.

We need to know the difference. Although the market sometimes changes quickly and disrupts us, more often it changes incrementally until we find ourselves irrelevant..

We need to understand where we are, and to do that, sometimes, we just need to get lost.

To step off the well trodden path.

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”

Terry Pratchett – Hat Full of Sky

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