Quote of the Week – If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster. Stephen R. Covey
How often have you found yourself on the wrong path, headed to the wrong place… yet stayed “committed” to moving forward? In our work with ADHD college students and working adults, we suspect that many of our clients are in the wrong college major or pursuing the wrong career. There’s a Turkish proverb that states, “No matter how far you have gone down the wrong road, turn around!” To me, this is just another way to describe what Covey has to say about the ladder and the wall.
Questions to ponder:
- Why do so many of us stay on the misplaced ladder (or the same road), even when we sense that we are heading toward the wrong destination?
- Does this phenomenon apply to teams and organizations as well as to individuals?
- When is the last time you found yourself with the ladder against the wrong wall? Was it the wrong job? The wrong relationship? The wrong investment? The wrong stance in a disagreement?
- What are the forces (both external and inside of us) that can make it very difficult to turn around?