What’s your Roadblock? ….take a DETOUR!   4 comments


“For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it.

When you come to a roadblock, take a detour!”

Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics


My granddaughter, who just turned two last month, loves Caillou! He is a little perpetual 4-year-old cartoon character that is featured on the popular kids channel “Sprout”. Recently as I watched one episode with her, I noticed that he was discussing roadblocks and detours with his Mommy. She said the tree had blown down in the storm and that they had to make a “detour”. Caillou was curious as to what a detour actually is… and his Mom explained that it is a path that you take when you have to go around something. That got me thinking about how we as adults need to often take a detour in life.

We should ask ourselves “Is what I am doing getting me where I need to go?” If not, a detour may be in order!

We look at “failures” that come along… a loss of a job, a friendship, a partner or a parent…and we should ask ourselves “Is it time for a detour?”.

I viewed an excellent video this morning of Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple, as he made the  2005 Stanford commencement address. His passing this week was a reminder of the fact that “failures” in our lives are often the BEST things that happen to us as they force the detours that lead us to be better people.

I encourage you to watch this video. It is 15 minutes well spent! After watching… ask yourself “What’s my excuse?”. I did!

Rest In Peace Steve!

Thank you for your inspiration and your ability to view failures as a porthole to something bigger!

I suppose I have given more questions here than answers… but truly the answers lie within each of us. Often the answers are buried deep and take a lifetime to surface. Sometime they never do and people die without realizing their full potential. I hope that one thing I say here in my blog sparks a question in you and encourages you to dig deeper to find that which makes you happy! That is my wish for each of you. Thank you for reading and following.

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What are the roadblocks to success? (maggielr.wordpress.com)





4 responses to “What’s your Roadblock? ….take a DETOUR!

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  1. That was the first time I had watched that video of Steve Jobs. What a good guy! I’m asking myself, what’s my excuse? No excuse at all!

  2. Pingback: Road Map to Success – Detour! | Mike Nelson Online

  3. I definitely feel like detours/ failures in our life make us a stronger person and they all experiences that we learn from. Great blog!

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