There is so much to learn in this life and in our work.
I spend a lot of time online and in sessions at conferences and in tracks at unconferences and I always leave revitalized and refreshed and a little surprised at what I don’t know. You would think that as some point you could learn and know everything about everything.., but that doesn’t happen. It just doesn’t.
Not too long ago, after deplaning at O’Hare airport and following an irritating experience at the rental car counter, I loaded up “my” car with luggage and popped in a couple of my favorite CDs and after a quick nav-search on my phone, decided that I was ready to hit the road, for surely I could drive two+ hours north and land in the right place, finding my destination with ease. My iPhone told me so.
It was the ease part that escaped me. These highways are not my known and loved California freeways and, much of the time, the highways in this neck of the woods (Illinois/Wisconsin) have a couple of names, as well as hwy numbers. I became quickly confused and missed my first directional change three times. The next two, I only missed one time each but both times turning around was pretty difficult and added mileage, as well as time, to my trip. I made assumptions in each case that led to my road confusion, for I was sure that my sense of direction was right. And you know what they say about assumptions…
When we are left to our own devices, is it best to plug along, making inconsistencies work? Should a personal perception get in the way of personal preparations? How easy it is to find out accurate information, so that the move forward doesn’t require an about-face or u-turn. Preparation doesn’t ensure that you will never have to admit an error but it does eliminate a slew of problems that may make mid-course changes impossible.
Don’t let your ego get in the way of admitting mistakes or saying you’re sorry.
The right path isn’t always a straight line and sometimes the quickest route may not seem fastest, at the time. For goodness’ sake, pull over and ask for directions. Sometimes, even the best map or most amazing technology are just not enough. Maybe you just need a toll booth worker to confirm.”Yep, you’re on the right road.” So much nicer than, “You can’t get there from here.”
You can get anywhere from anywhere; the road just might be difficult or hidden. But, it for sure never killed anyone to ask.
Rayanne Thorn, @ray_anne is the Marketing Director for online recruiting software company, Broadbean Technology. She is also a proud mother of four, happily engaged to Tom, residing in Laguna Beach, California, and a daily contributor for Blogging4Jobs. Connect with her on LinkedIn.