The Wrong Map

No wonder we’re lost


Seth Godin shared this story a while ago. I liked it so much I saved it to share with you today.

A Gurkha rifleman escaped from a Japanese prison in south Burma and walked six hundred miles alone through the jungles to freedom. The journey took him five months, but he never asked the way and he never lost the way. For one thing he could not speak Burmese and for another he regarded all Burmese as traitors. He used a map and when he reached India he showed it to the Intelligence officers, who wanted to know all about his odyssey. Marked in pencil were all the turns he had taken, all the roads and trail forks he has passed, all the rivers he had crossed. It had served him well, that map. The Intelligence officers did not find it so useful. It was a street map of London.”

Who knows if the Gurkha would’ve made it all the way home if he’d had a real map to guide him? The important thing was the map in his head. He knew where he needed to be and he trusted his instincts to take him there,

I feel like Radio’s been using the wrong map since consolidation.

Our leaders tell us this map will get us safely home where all talented people will have jobs and economic security.

But it sure doesn’t feel like that’s where we’re heading, does it?

Like the Gurkha rifleman of the story, I trust my own sense of direction more than I trust Radio’s current map.

I wish we had a proven map, the sure knowledge that we can trust Pittman and Berner and Field, but I see no evidence that their instincts are right.

Maybe it’s because their goal is not just delivering Radio — you and I — safely into the future, a future that can sustain us financially and emotionally, but also of getting as rich as they can get on the journey.

Their self-interest may conflict with ours.

So, I’ll trust my internal GPS until it’s proven wrong.

See you in the jungle…

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