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Bridges in Business and Life

January 18, 2017

Business and Life Advice for Women Entrepreneurs and Female Business Owners


As I sat across from my son going back to his last semester at Syracuse University, I listened to him describe a crossroad he had arrived at in school. I empathized with him. As a senior in college, I remember struggling when I knew I needed to make important decisions or change directions.

I explained to him that throughout life we come upon crossroads or intersections wondering which way to go. The options are to continue straight ahead on the path we started on or to turn right or left at the intersection towards another direction. The one place we really can’t go is backward. We arrive at the crossroad with knowledge to move forward.

Later that day, when I crossed over one of my favorite bridges and traversed over flowing water, I realized I could not get from one side of the river to the other if it wasn’t for the bridge. In business as in life, we are faced with intersections and bridges throughout our expeditions. The road is not always flat and straight. It curves, dips, raises and veers. It is up to us to travel it making adjustments along the way.

A wise woman once said to me, “You start a business anticipating the road will stay straight but along the way, the road naturally curves and it is up to us to figure out if we want to follow the curve or keeping going straight.”

Today’s Wednesday Wisdom is to remind you that nothing about business or life is consistent, familiar or without struggle. It is the opposite. To manage the tough roads ahead, to make the right decision at the intersections, and to cross the bridges successfully from one side to the other, takes keen awareness of where you
have been, where you stand now and where you hope to go in the future.

crossroadsIf you need to change direction in your business today, do so with thought, understanding and anticipation that a better horizon awaits you ahead. You can’t go back – only forward towards a different but bright future.

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