Breaking the Waves


While walking down the crowded streets of Manhattan yesterday, I noticed a shift in the foot traffic pattern and my rush hour walk became easier. It took me a minute to sort it out, but the difference was that I was walking behind someone-  taller than me - who was in essence, breaking the waves in front of me.

This occurs at work too. A mentor, for example, gives advice to save me from mistakes. A boss or colleague has expertise, or had a conversation, or done work  (often unknowingly) that makes it easier for me get my part of the work done.

My takeways - look for wave breakers, get behind then and don't forget to thank them!

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