Conventional Ladders

Today, James Altucher wrote a long letter entitled, "The Ultimate Guide to Self-Sabotage." It's snarky, raw, disjointed, and more than a little cynical, but it's honest.

It's about entitlement, fear of confrontation and failure, making excuses, casting blame, and so on. It's a list that most of us know well, even if we've managed to avoid some of the offenses, and it made me think about another kind of self-sabotage: the conventional ladder.

We could also call it a well-traveled path or safe road. It's logical, incremental, and doesn't require much risk. It's a dependable method to get a few feet higher. We might ask someone to hold the bottom, but it's not necessary—not after we adjust the legs and angle to ensure optimal stability. 

It's the slow progression through organizational hierarchy. It's getting another advanced degree because "it makes sense." It's doing something the same way countless others have. It's never pushing through "the dip." And, yes, it's self-sabotage.

There's nothing remarkable about being at the top of a conventional ladder, but there is something remarkable about kicking one over or jumping off in search of something different.

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