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The Courage to Walk Your Path

The Courage to Walk Your Path

Deep down inside. Ask yourself, what is your biggest dream? What is your passion? Who do you want to BE? It takes self-awareness to know your path, and a reset can help draw it out of you. But, do you have the courage to walk your path?

Once you figure out your path — which is really an ongoing journey of discovery — it takes real courage to keep walking. You will encounter distractions that pull you off course and obstacles that force you to defend your dream.

If you have been blessed with a dream, embrace it. Commit to it.

Imagine what Jeremy Fron faced, and the courage it took for him to leave Grand Rapids, Michigan and head to Alaska to be a fisherman. Everything fell apart the minute he got there. But he was called to live his fisherman dream, and doing that meant he had to fight for that privilege over and over again.

At age 20, he posted an online ad seeking work as a fisherman in Alaska. He got the call, paid his $800 airfare, and arrived on a frigid January day with less than $300 in his pocket.

The owner of the boat said he needed to put $1,000 worth of gas on Jeremy’s credit card, but Jeremy started meeting people on the docks who told him that he was being scammed. He shouldn’t be buying the gas, and he shouldn’t have had to pay for his airfare, gear, or expenses.

He asked the boss what was going on, and the man kicked him off the boat.

Broke. Freezing. Alone.

“You can do the most when you are forced to do the most,” he said. “When you are up against it — that is the moment you have to try your hardest. You don’t have the option of giving up.”

He found a very cheap room to rent and earned his keep by painting, shoveling snow, and chopping firewood.

“I am not college material. I knew I couldn’t give up — I had to do it. That is where my courage came from. I used my towel as a towel, and my towel as a blanket. I was eating Ramen noodles.”

Soon, he was fishing. The more he fished, the more he fished. His name got out there, and he was working every season — crab, long line, and salmon — throughout Southeast Alaska. He tells harrowing stories, like the boat starting to sink out in Dutch Harbor in the middle of January as 20-foot waves crashed into it. (The crew fought back and finally won with huge bilge pumps.) Then there was the time he fell overboard in 33-degree water when the air temperature was below zero. He was rescued just as his limbs stopped working. “Ten seconds longer and I’d have gone under.”

He loves those stories because he is so passionately doing the work he loves.

He’s done well. He owns two Florida homes, and he is only 26. He fishes the summer months in Alaska and flips houses in Florida the rest of the year.

“It is not a job,” he said. “No fisherman does it for a job. It’s a lifestyle. If we did it for a job, we’d hate it.”

His story — and several others I will share here — show why you have to know your path and dare to honor it. Even when it is uncomfortable.

Work-Life Reset This week, enjoy excerpts from best-selling, Oprah-featured author Fawn Germer’s new book,  Work-Life Reset, which shows how to reset to end what’s not working in your life. Order here.

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