The View From Upfront and Behind

Thought this was a smart saying from a colleague:

“If you ain’t the lead dog, the view doesn’t change.”

What the dogs upfront and those behind them see are quite a different view. 

It’s important for the lead dogs to guide the other dogs in a good direction and stay clear from obstacles. 

We may not all see the same thing, but whatever our viewpoints are, we all have to work together and pull our hardest towards progress. 

It’s a race to the finish–and finish strong and together we all must. 😉

(Source Photo: here with attribution to Natalia Kollegova)

Making a Right, Left, or Straight

When Nothing Goes Right

This was a funny sign to an Ethiopian cafe in downtown Washington, D.C. 


“When Nothing Goes Right, Go Left.”


(and next to it is another sign that says, “Money isn’t everything, but it keeps the kids in touch.”)


So what type of person are you?


When the going gets tough and nothing is going right, where do you go–to the coffee shop, door on the left–or more seriously do you:


– Close your eyes and keep marching forward like a good soldier?


– Get scared off, turn around, and run the other way?


– Take a break or slow down, stopping long enough to figure out what’s wrong, and come up with solutions? 


Maybe you do a little of all three–sort of the Curly Shuffle. 


But aside from faith in G-d (and coffee-drinking), perhaps two really critical traits for success in life are resilence in the face of adversity and your problem-solving skills.


That doesn’t mean that you never plow on or turn back–these are appropriate at times too–but that you know when to turn right, left, or make a straight dash to the goal line. 😉


(Source Photo: Danielle Blumenthal)