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Following Paths vs Leaving Trails

Posted By Darren Rowse 8th of May 2008 Miscellaneous Blog Tips 0 Comments

“Do not follow where the path leads, Rather go where there is no path, and leave a trail.” – David Perkins

I’ve not been able to get this quote out of my head since hearing it over the weekend. I shared it last night on Twitter and half a dozen people replied quickly that it’d impacted them quite a lot so I thought I’d share it again here on ProBlogger.

There’s a lot that could be said about it and how it applies to blogging successfully – but I think I’ll just let it sit with you and see what it says to you).

update Mark from Creativitity asks – “Name 10 blogs that leave trails. They don’t have to even be successful. They just have to be taking risks.”

I think that’d be a great exercise. What blogs do you think are living out the quote?

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Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  1. The blog that springs to mind that qualifies as a trail blazer is stevepavlina.com. He is frequently out there and is always original.

  2. Not to nitpick, because it IS such a powerful quote, but Thomas Jefferson said it first, while addressing the Continental Congress, if I’m not mistaken…

    and that fop Lord Nelson was also creditied with a quote, very similar. Regardless of who said it first, thanks Darren, for saying it again… It gives pause to think, perchance, eh?

  3. Just when I’d gotten sick of every blog I was following, I found the ezines at Design for Mankind (http://designformankind.blogspot.com) and felt I’d come upon an idea that hadn’t already been recycled around the web a hundred times.

  4. This is interesting because it is the mantra of every entrepreneur. I think it applies though to every aspect of life.

    For example, people can blaze paths in their relationships with their family, friends, and colleagues by doing something different. It could be as simple as waking up and cooking your significant other or children breakfast in bed or inviting a coworker to lunch just because.

    It’s funny that people raise the issue of “being in a rut.” I think that the reason people get in a rut is because they follow paths. Even today, you can still see the marks left by the wagons traveling across the prairie, even though 100+ years have gone by. Ruts exist because we follow the same path and we don’t change it up.

    I recently implemented this idea in my relationship with my girlfriend and I can speak for the results.

    To summarize, blaze a trail and you won’t get into ruts as often!

    Cheers and thanks Darren for the amazing post!

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