I was on my way to see my friend, Tesfa in his lab. His lab is one hallway away from where I works. I came across some quotes posted on doors in the way. I got interested and started reading all quotes until I was hit by a cart. This incident became more relevant because that moment, I was reading this quote.
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there” – Will Rogers
It was a pure coincidence that I was in right track to see my friend, but I was blocking the hallway reading these amazing quotes that inevitably invited something wrong to happen. Had I kept moving in the hallway, it would have been a perfect walk without any incident. But I am glad that this thing happened in the hallway, not in highway, where the repercussions could be more costly and devastating.
We all understand or connect to this principle so well when we are driving in highway. But few of us really understand that our career or life is a journey that is held in the balance of moving in right direction – not knowing or sitting in the right track. If you ever ride a bike, you would understand. Riding a bike is harder when the movement is slower and it crashes when it ceases to move. Same can be said about everything we do in our life.
In the end, moving in the wrong track is not that different from sitting in the right track – both will not lead us anywhere near to our goal. This simple incident today made me think twice if I am sitting on the right track or moving. I realized that I was sitting on a right track (Example, my Ph.D.) for a long time and to some extent I am doing so even now.
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