“In the late ‘80s, I was privileged to teach upper-division marketing classes at the business school at the University of Texas, now known as the McCombs School. The school wanted some faculty with “real world” experience and I fit the bill.
During that time, I discovered a book that deeply resonated with me: Taking Chances, by Dale Dauten. The author shares his fable about a young lad, Swift, who goes out into the world and happens upon a huge line of people waiting their turn to enter the “house of the privileged few.” Swift waits in line for a while but becomes impatient, and gets out of line. He follows a fence line that takes him to the house’s back door.
“Welcome” a dozen voices say in unison.
“Come in, come in,” they say in unison, and offer him a beverage and a chair.
“I can stay?” asks Swift.
“Of course. You’ve arrived.”
“But what about those in line?”
“They will wait.”
I read this fable each semester to my students and it always spurred provocative dialogue about taking the unknown path.
Almost every successful woman I know got out of the proverbial line at some point in their careers, myself included.”
(source for story above: Forbes)