Often we don't realize we are taking our first steps toward something bigger when we try something small and new. That was certainly the case when I was a lost, undeclared freshman at Slippery Rock State College. All around me, everyone seemed to know where they were going in life. As months of indecision passed, I panicked because I still didn't have a clue. I spent hours at the career center taking inventories that told me I should be in sales, something in which I had no interest. Even the professionals at the career center couldn't help me.
One day, in a move that I perceived to be totally unrelated to my career search, I decided it might be fun to volunteer at the campus radio station. The thought of working in the media hadn't even occurred to me. This was just for fun. Eventually, with the encouragement of a professor named Mike McHugh, I began to see that this fun work could be my career. One baby step led to bigger steps and internships and hard work and, eventually, a career in radio and TV, where I would do what I love most: tell stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, about celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and places I had never heard of like Churchill, Manitoba and others I had only dreamed of going like Bermuda. It was only because of one baby step that I found my perfect fit and work I love.
So if you're with me here today and you don't know where you're heading, don't panic. Try something new. Take one baby step toward something that seems to be good. It might just be the first step toward new and wonderful things.