The Shortest Distance

Posted on March 13, 2017

You remember the math lesson, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.

True mathematically, but what about when the two points are where you are today (point A) and where you want to be tomorrow (point B).

Point B can be:

A change in behavior

A new business pursuit

A personal project

An investment decision

Sometimes it is a solid choice to go directly at Point B. You should definitely read that book, you should most certainly exercise more…don’t wait, get moving now.

Sometimes, however, we should stop and think about Point B. Get advice from people we trust, wrestle with it, look all the way around it, discuss what it will look like when you get there, think about unintended consequences, and maybe, just maybe, not even start the journey to Point B.

The choice not to go from point A to point B is actually the shortest distance.

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.