How hard is it to move a brick wall?

Wouldn’t that make a great title for a book? So many times our inclination is to push back. To use our brute strength or mental strength and just push. But can we really move a brick wall by pushing? I’m sure an engineer can figure out that if you push or hit a brick wall in such and such a location, you can move it. And certainly if you had the right tools or equipment, anything is possible. But left to our own devices, probably not.

So what can we do? Maybe we need to rethink the need to move the brick wall. Maybe we need to go with the flow more, and use the energy of the brick wall to help us move. And now I’m talking more mentally than physically. When was the last time you hit a brick wall? Isn’t the first inclination to keep pushing? In these times, with this economy, and with the speed of change in the world, we need to learn to read the signs and adapt. Sometimes it literally takes running over and over into the brick wall to realize that.

Think about what brick walls you have in your work, in your life. What do you do to get through them? I’d love to hear. How many times does it take until you realize that? In some things we can move very quickly, in others it takes a long time.

In my humble opinion, look at all the areas of your life and see where your brick walls are. Go with it, go around it, go over it,w but find a way that you’re not just running into the all and not getting anywhere, except hurt and frustrated. May the force be with you to realize this and make the changes you need. Time to put your energy in the right places. Good luck!


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2 Responses to How hard is it to move a brick wall?

  1. Paul Safyan says:

    Howard: In addition to this reply, I just sent you an email about participating in a climate change rally at Mark Kirk’s office. Talk about brick walls!

    I’ve heard it said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. I plead guilty to that form of insanity much of the time at work. There seems to be something in my workstyle that tells me that I just try hard enough to do things the way I think they should be done, that eventually, that will work. It seldom does.

    On the other hand, when faced with personal challenges (non-work) I am often Mr. Alternative. I look for ways to do things differently, to mutually satisfy varying demands, to establish consensus. I’ve often wondered about this difference.

    It seems to me that walls at work and walls in government get constructed initially, either by silo thinking or by real differnces in philosophy. I don’t know how you work with people whose basic assumptions about how to proceed are very different from your own, but there may be some hope if you can listen to one another’s goals and reach common ground. The current health care debate is a good example. By demonizing each other, various groups have failed to capitalize on “low hanging fruit” on which they can all agree. Silo thinking represents the inability or unwillingness for one group to live in the world of the other and to see the world from another’s viewpoint. Or to believe that we are not all part of the same life fabric, that we are all not best served by practicing “The Golden Rule.”

  2. Great points Paul. A couple of thoughts back.
    1) I wrote earlier about integrating work/life more and more, especially with all the social networking that exists. And yet does our thinking turn one way at work and another way when we’re in our hobbies or at home? I too (think I am) very flexible in so many ways, and yet I know I hit brick walls more often than I like.
    2) All rules are thrown out for politics. I don’t know why Congress and all levels of government try to take sides and issues rather than finding common ground. You see that at all levels, from national to state to in Illinois, county government. I just hope the politicians we elect never give up their desire to to improve the country and our lives, and that at some point they find that middle ground of agreement and consensus. Sure would be nice.

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