The Elevator or The Stairs?

When I think about which route most people would prefer, it’s the elevator.  It’s the quickest route and requires little effort or thought.

However, in obtaining the next level in business or life, the elevator often delivers too much, too soon.  And thus results in severe and costly mistakes that can take years to recover from.  

Lessions From Taking the Stairs:‚Äč

  1. Each step prepares you for the next. Most of the time, learning comes from building one lesson on top of another.  If you try and teach a kindergartener calculus yet skipped addition, you would find there would be many gaps in the kindergartener’s ability to do calculus well because there was no foundation or building blocks.
  2. Stairs develop character. You can decide to get off the elevator at any level along the way to the top.  Those that climb to the top discover what they are really made of, who they really are and what they really want to be.
  3. The stairs humble you. You will stumble along the way.  You will make mistakes.  You will take a few steps back before you can move forward again.  But this is a far better way to learn than free-falling multiple levels in the elevator.
  4. Each step is a choice. The elevator will take you there no matter what.   With each stair, you consciously have to decide whether or not this is the path you desire to take.  This determines if what you really want what is at the top and if you’re willing to do what it takes to get there.  Many want what is at the top, but don’t want to put in the necessary effort and time to get there.


Are you willing to take the stairs to get what you really desire?  

If so, be prepared for a journey that is challenging, unexpected, draining, and ultimately the most thrilling and fulfilling ride you could ever imagine!