Sometimes we have to put our main dreams on hold so we can take a step back. There may be an opportunity to be helpful and a segue from the original dream occurs. I think it’s okay to get sidetracked if it’s a good thing you’re doing. Some dreams are decades in the making where daily grinding and discipline are a must. However, we need to know when to take a break, stay busy with something else or to relax if necessary. I’ve been known to take detours at exactly the wrong time and I paid the price for every one of them. What did I purchase? Experience. The lessons I’ve learned from each mistake have been priceless even if I’ve had to make the same mistake repeatedly until I finally reach submission. It could feel like self-neglect, if your focus switches frames and onto helping others. When the opportunity to teach something I’ve mastered—after countless failures of course—arises I take full advantage. The most permanent way to learn something is to teach it. In helping others we actually help ourselves with validation.