The Problem with Blazing a New Trail

The problem with blazing a new trail is you know where you want to go and what you want to build but there are no maps or even roads to get there yet.
You have half the people you know telling you to stick to the existing roads and think you’re an idiot for even trying to go off-road, and the other half encourages you to go forward but rarely can give you any useful advice, since it’s a road never traveled before. We can all guess what we may encounter, but that is not the same as knowing what we will encounter, or knowing what to do in an untested or unexpected situation.
And unless people actually see what you see, it’s hard for them to understand what all the effort is about, and balk at the calculated risks you are taking. They tell you to give up, get back on the highway, and forget all this off-road nonsense. They don’t understand what you want to achieve or the importance of your work.
At times, blazing a new trail can be the loneliest thing in the world, because no one can truly see what you see until it’s actually built.

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