Don’t be afraid to take a wrong turn — or go where the path isn’t clear — or act when you don’t have all the details figured out yet.
Some of the best discoveries are made that way.
People are always asking Cheryl and me how we discovered a great new place to visit. Or to eat.
Don’t you love Instagram and Facebook for those postings?
Often it was on a discovery trip.
One time we were in Maryland. I said to Cheryl, “Let’s just take this road and see where it goes.”
It actually went to a dead end. At the ocean. Stop. No way out except where we came from. We may have even been in another state at that point. I never knew for sure.
There was one restaurant at the end of the road. It looked like a dump. Our cell service was so weak we couldn’t Google the place, so we just went for it. It turned out to be one of those memorable meals — in a good way.
We didn’t know where we were going or what we would find when we got there, but details don’t matter as much when you’re on a discovery mission.
We’ve actually used the discovery method to find dozens of great places. On most every vacation or trip we set aside some time just to discover something new. It gives us adrenaline as a couple, keeps things interesting (we’ve discovered some not so great places too) and — whatever we find — it gives us lots of great memories together.
I use the discovery method in leadership too. We try lots of new things. Some work. Some don’t. But, the ones that do prove to be some of our greatest discoveries. We found them by exploring.
Details are great. I know some people feel they need them. (Cheryl is that way.)
But don’t let not knowing them keep you from the greatest discoveries.
Explore. It’s often how the best discoveries are made.
And, it keeps life interesting.
In life and leadership.