“Wrong turns make better maps.”
– Blake Howard at Plywood Presents
DTSpade ON BETTER MAPS
When my job moved me from suburban Ohio to metro Atlanta, I was 25 and cursed with a poor sense of direction. GPS navigation didn’t exist and I didn’t yet own a cell phone. I found myself getting lost almost everywhere I went.
Over 70 streets in Atlanta have the name “Peachtree” in them, and I seemed to always pick the wrong one. But with every wrong turn I took, I learned a new route in this amazing city. I discovered eclectic neighborhoods with beautiful parks and hidden bike paths, as well as downtown lots that couldn’t wait to tow illegally parked cars.
Now, many years later, I know this city so well I could be a tour guide for best (and worst) places to eat, shop and live. The same theory holds true in the workplace. Mistakes will be made; wrong turns are inevitable. But that’s how you learn where to veer and where to stay the course. And with each path you take, you build your company’s own road map to success. Who knows, maybe with all that knowledge, some day you can be another company’s tour guide.
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