On your path to success, opportunities will arise that exist on a detour. Back in my twenties, I wanted to become a singer/model/actress/writer. I hooked up with a talent agent in Trenton, NJ by the name of Ros Clancy. She trained me well and got me a job as a magician’s assistant. I declined.  Yes, my just-starting-out, too-proud-for-my-own-good ass declined a paying job because it was not what I expected. It was not on my path. I wanted to work for fashion designers and make-up artists. I wanted commercials and small acting gigs. I had no desire to don a sequenced dress and point out magic tricks on stage for some old guy in a top hat. To this day, I regret that asinine decision. See, I had no idea who would be in the audience of this magic show. Hell, I did not know the name of the magician, the name of the venue and for how long they wanted my services. I got lost and did not get back to my hustle for almost 10 years! Please do not be as arrogant and stupid as I was. Be a…

Kenneth Frazier who was the general legal counsel for Merck & Co and is now the CEO of the big pharma company. He is only the second lawyer to make such a transition. Be like…

Tina Fey, who auditioned as a performer for SNL but was offered a position as a writer. She took it.

Or Madonna who took the record contract offered to her despite the fact that she moved to NY to become a modern dancer.

An excellent example of opportunistic achievement is clearly seen in Sean “Puff Daddy” “Puffy” “P.Diddy” “Diddy” Combs who switches up his hustle just as much as he switches his name. He began as a back-up dancer and has not refused a lucrative opportunity since.

Exploring detours and forks in the road on your journey towards success just may open up a new and exciting venture. If there is slight interest and the opportunity parallels your goal, go for it. You will regret the ‘what if’ more than any failure that occurred within the task. These unexpected opportunities can lead you to exactly where you want to be.