Early this month, Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr, Hunch and Findery, advised her followers on LinkedIn:
No matter how far you’ve gone down the wrong road, turn back.
“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,” Fake argues.
Fake talks about the lapse between the time you realize you’re going the wrong direction, and the time you take action. Usually, it is a long period in between. You try to steer the ship right round to the right direction, and all your belongings and memories and habits roll over each other in the cabin. You could stay the course, but if you manage to switch where you’re going, right where you went wrong, it is a homecoming of relief.