Barking up the wrong tree…

Barking up the wrong tree
Are you barking up the wrong tree?

Something happened today, that made me write the following post on Facebook:

Even though you know you are barking up the wrong tree, sometimes the hardest thing in the world is to stop barking… woof…

It wasn’t anything thought through, just how I absolutely felt at that time in the given circumstances. But as soon as I posted it, I liked it! (I didn’t actually physically “like” it on Facebook – I resisted that temptation!) And it got me thinking about other aspects of life and business. It also made me think about continuing the analogy with the fact that, while stopping barking is quite hard, if you take a deep breath and look around – there is a forest of opportunity there for you.

It doesn’t really matter what prompted my initial post, but I can identify with it in lots of circumstances.

In business for example, it’s really important to know when to stop. This could be when to stop a particular project, when to stop working with a particular supplier / partner / client. So often, we have invested time, money – and possibly the hardest of all – passion! into said thing, and we find it really hard to recognise that it’s just not working. Or just not happening. But we just don’t want to give up on it. We are so desperate for it to be right. Or to work. We don’t want to contemplate life without it. Or life without success in that area.

I think we’ve all been there.

But “fail fast” is a really important adage. By barking longer, the tree is not suddenly going to become the right one. We’re just going to get tired, hoarse and feel more and more dejected. Not a good place to be. But if we step back, be brave and just stop for a second. All of a sudden, we can see the wood for the trees. And see there are lots of trees. And many will be better for us.

A whole forest of opportunity.

Don’t keep your back turned on this while barking up the wrong tree.


January 15, 2013

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