Have you ever felt stuck in your career or unsure of your path in life?
Nils, best-selling author, and leadership coach, shares his story of taking a detour in life that led him down a completely different path.
After a failed career as a Xerox sales rep, Nils decided to explore his interest in woodworking.
He found an artist who made high-end custom furniture and became an apprentice in his workshop.
As an apprentice, Nils did run-of-the-mill shop duties like cleaning and organizing, but he also got to work on a patio table made entirely out of teak wood.
Working with raw teakwood presented a challenge, but Nils followed the artist's instructions precisely and little by little, the pieces of the table started to come together.
Finally, the table was delivered to a client in Hollywood and Nils felt incredibly proud to have been part of turning a raw pile of wood into an absolutely beautiful table.
Nils' experience as an apprentice taught him the lesson of taking detours in life, both personally and professionally.
Sometimes the road less traveled can lead to unexpected and fulfilling opportunities.
By exploring his interest in woodworking, Nils found a new passion and a sense of satisfaction and pride in building things with his hands.
So if you're feeling stuck or unsure of your path, consider taking a detour.
Explore a new interest or hobby, take a class, or volunteer in a new field.
Who knows where it might lead you?
As Nils says, "There's nothing wrong with taking a detour. You never know what's going to happen."
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