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A Poem to Ponder

17 January 2018

Art doesn’t have a place in business. Is that true? I don’t think so.

I have come across a lot of art that powerfully expresses important and often essential ideas for good business acumen.

An example is this poem I came across recently, and I’d be really curious as to how it makes you feel.

Autobiography In Five Short Chapters

Chapter I

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost… I am hopeless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter II

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in this same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter III

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it there.
I still fall in… it’s a habit… but,
my eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter IV

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter V

I walk down another street.

– Portia Nelson

For me, this poem succinctly captures how many of us tackle problems in life and in our business. And the faster we can learn the cycle through these five chapters when we encounter the inevitable potholes in your road to business success, the faster we ascend to that next level.

What does this poem say to you? Did you get a different learning from it? Share it in the comments section below!

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