No matter how far youâ€™ve gone down the wrong road, turn back.
This is advice given to me years ago by my friend Jim, and that Iâ€™ve used to help me make decisions countless times since.
Iâ€™m often amazed at how much time people let lapse between the moment they realize theyâ€™re on the wrong road and the time they take action to fix it. And some people donâ€™t make the change, even though they know they should. I once had to fire someone because she wasnâ€™t doing her job, and after I did it the rest of the department descended on me with flowers and gratitude saying “We wanted to fire her for YEARS!”. I was astonished. “Years” is a long time to travel down the wrong road.
Often itâ€™s hard, but often itâ€™s a relief. Are you two years into the law degree you know is a mistake? Turn back. Know in your heart of hearts you took that job in accounting to please your parents, when you really wanted to be a coach? Start on Plan B. Did your startup build the product in PHP when it should have been in Python? Rebuild.
Itâ€™s the new year and time for new beginnings. No matter how far youâ€™ve gone down the wrong road, turn back! Youâ€™ll be glad you did.