If you think about those words, Pioneer and Settler, the distinction comes into focus. Far from being synonyms, they are opposites. Pioneer is one who “helps open up a new line of thought or activity,” according to Merriam-Webster. Settler on the other hand is “one who settles.”
Think about which one you are. Are you exploring? Are you pursuing? Are you venturing into new territory even though it’s a little scary and there are no promises of a matching 401k? Or have you settled in a place that is slowly sucking the life out of you?
In The Last Arrow, Erwin McManus asks an essential question, “If you are not where you want to be, why do you keep choosing to stay where you are?”
Many men settle after they retire or achieve an easy job that provides financial security. But this is the very best time to pioneer! (You can even be a weekend pioneer!) Imagine the impact retired men could make in the world if they pioneered into helping orphans, widows, and homeless, instead of settling for the golf course.
Point your compass towards a cause that you’re passionate about; it’s never too late to become a Pioneer!