Years and years and years ago, our Editor-In-Chief collected a paycheck from a company.
Midway through his sojourn there, he was transferring from one department to another.
Someone tried to warn him about some clouds on the horizon.
First, there was still ongoing debate about the future of the new position he was moving into – whether it would be an exempt or non-exempt position going forward, whether it would be shifted on the org chart to another department entirely, whether it would be phased out and folded into another position down the road, etc. etc. etc. and blah blah blah.
Second, some higher-up had wanted to install a relative in that position, which didn’t happen because another higher-up with more juice wanted our Editor-In-Chief instead.
Third, because someone in the new department didn’t like our EOC.
He was told, “You carry baggage.”
Well, how about that? He had the perfect response:
“Have You Ever Been To An Airport?”
Thousands and thousands of people, boarding and unboarding flights all over the place.
All carrying baggage.
All going places.
When you travel – interacting with others, trying new things, wading into rapids, going after opportunities – not all of it turns out just right.
Flying close to the sun means you sometimes get burned.
Sometimes those burns leave permanent, visible scars.
We’ll say it again:
People Who Are Going Places Carry Baggage
Those burns and scars made you the awesome person you are now, for having survived it and applied the lessons learned.
You’re better for it.
Don’t let anyone tell you not to travel!