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“Go.”

“Where?”

“Just go.”

“But what do I put into the GPS?”

“I said – GO.”

The first words of the Torah Portion of Lech Lecha are G-d telling Abraham to go – away from the place where he had grown up, away from all that was familiar. That’s pretty clear. What’s not clear is where he’s going. G-d doesn’t tell him he’s going to the land of Israel, or the land of Canaan. He says, “To the land I will show you.”

Try putting that one into a GPS.

Abraham was challenged to start on a journey without knowing the final destination. He had no idea how long he’d be traveling or what obstacles he’d encounter on the way. But he went.

To get anywhere in life, whether personally or professionally, often you need to start the journey before you’re sure about what the final destination looks like, or the road you’ll need to take to get there. It’s scary. You’re walking into the unknown. You don’t have a clear map or an accurate GPS. Are you going to end up walking over the edge of a cliff? And for that reason – fear – some people never start the journey. They never pursue their dreams.  They never marry and raise a family. They never move outside the comfort zone of the familiar.

Don’t be afraid to take chances. If that little voice inside of you says “go,” follow it, even if you don’t know exactly where you’re heading.

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