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Run in your own lane and stop tripping others up (Lesson 10 Revised) 27 days

The teacher made me run a race I didn’t want to run.

In my high school days I was made to do athletics. I hated it, so I turned up on the field fully dressed wearing my boots.

The teacher in his wisdom made me run a race I didn’t want to. I reluctantly ran around the field wanting to send a message to the teacher that I wasn’t happy.

When one of the other students passed me on the field as he was running in his lane, I crossed my lane into his and pushed him over.

Lesson learned

1. I had a great laugh at another students expense

2. The teacher failed to read the signs that I was not going to participate

3. I discovered a new power called rebellion

Not everyone is suited to following orders just because, especially those that get bored easily.

How do we help people find their lane?

1. People show up ready, it’s not that difficult. They wear the appropriate clothing, they’re open to instruction and they participate. If they show no appetite, you’re running an uphill battle.

2. A lane doesn’t have to be conventional, it doesn’t have to be thin and predictable. Some may be suited to terrains where they have to figure it out.

3. Training others to find their lane is not conducive to those that want to create cookie cutout students or employees.

In the real world there is something beautiful about watching people find their lane and competing with themselves.

It was a horrible thing that I did that day. I learned not impose on others what they don’t want to do. They may react in a destructive way like I did. Just because some have the authority to impose their will on others, they don’t have to exercise their will if it’s a losing battle.

Helping others find their own lane is both challenging and fulfilling. It’s a craft very few have to assist those who have misdirected energy and hindering them from tripping others in their frustration.

This is the difference between a manager & a leader.

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