Any Road

TunesDay, and today it’s one from my favorite Beatle, George Harrison. I was reminded of this song the other day (listening to Further’s version of it) and I knew instantly it was something for today on the screed.  The song is “Any Road” which was written in the late 1980’s but not released until 2003 after George’s early passing in 2001. In case you’re not familiar with it, have a listen:

This one speaks to me both on a personal level as well as to me as someone who works with businesses.  Let’s see if it does to you as well.

But oooeeee it’s a game
Sometimes you’re cool, sometimes you’re lame
Ah yeah it’s somewhere
And if you don’t know where you’re going
Any road will take you there

That’s sort of it on a personal level.  We all have our ups and downs and probably need to focus more on the journey than on the destination.  I went through school knowing I’d be a high school English teacher.  40 years later, I’m a teacher of a very different sort.  I wasn’t quite sure where I was going (and I’m still a trifle confused) but I’m very happy about the road that took me here.

But oh Lord we pay the price
With the spin of the wheel with the roll of  the dice
Ah yeah, you pay your fare
And if you don’t know where you’re going
Any road will take you there

Thinking about that with respect to business, my immediate response was  “well, that won’t work – businesses need far more focus.”  Then I thought of all the great businesses and products that were born out of not knowing where they were going.  The microwave oven, the Post-It note, penicillin, Teflon, the Slinky and others were all accidents.  The inventors didn’t quite know where they were going but the road took them there.  Today we call it “pivoting” but I like George’s notion of it better.

Maybe that’s the point of the song.  Staying calm and focused despite a sense of not exactly knowing where the journey ends is a far better idea than a stubborn adherence to something that might not be working.  Open minds about destinations can erase doubts since the doubts surface when we’re thinking we’re lost.

What’s your take?

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