Why You Should Do Mazes Backwards
Old Synergasm Post
Originally published May 6, 2012
It’s easier that way. I promise. If you’ve been doing mazes from the beginning, you’re not guaranteed to ever make it to the end. But if you start where you want to end up and then work your way backwards, you will absolutely find the steps you need to take to get from where you are, to where you want to be.
This concept is vastly under used…instead of deciding at what age you wish to retire, and then working backwards to figure out what you need to do in order to get there, people meander there way through life turning, right, left, and then backtracking because they weren’t really sure where they were going in the first place.
Companies without an idea of what company they want to be in 20 years continue along with business as usual, making linear progress instead of exponentially changing the way they do business.
College grads escape academia only to wander through 40 years of pointless hops through the corporate world.
The solution for all of these: figure out where you want to be, what you want to be, and who you want to become. Then backtrack.