When thinking about writing this blog and choosing my word for the letter "J" the word journey popped into my head.
To some, the phrase, "my journey" has been a bit overused. ApparentIy, the former editor-in-chief of Vogue, now artistic director of Condé Nast, Anna Wintour agrees. As part of Vogue's 73 Questions Series, Ms. Wintour was interviewed wearing her signature black sunglasses and looking completely bored and annoyed, but doesn't she always? When asked, "What is a fashion word that you wish everyone would stop using," she wrote down "journey."
But her opinion did not stop me on my journey - sorry I couldn't help myself! I recently read an interesting article that stated, "Everyone has a journey, why do you think yours is special?" That gave me pause, but the more I thought about it I decided that nobody is giving credit to the most important part which is that your journey is the reward.
What's great about the journey is that it typically is unexpected. When you set out to reach a goal you have a sense of what your reward will be. Perhaps you want your business to be acquired, you want to go public or you want to land a very senior position at a Fortune 500 company. Whatever the goal, you dedicate your life to the pursuit and establish a clear vision for what you want to achieve when you get to the end of your journey. And while you may think this destination is the top prize, the reward is also in how you got there.
Your journey may allow you to meet new people and experience different places and things that will become memories to last a lifetime. Remember, when Don Draper featured his own personal memories to sell a Kodak slide projector? Like me, he believes that the memories you make along the way really are your reward.
Take that, Anna!