We humans have excellent intuition for when something is going nowhere.
When moving around in physical spaces, we act upon this intuition. When we cant find the toilet in a restaurant, we ask somebody. When we take a wrong turn and find ourselves in a strange part of the city, we pause, retrace our steps, and ask for directions.
Yet, in aspects of our lives that don’t involve navigating physical space, we don’t act upon this intuition. When a book or a movie isn’t going anywhere, we wait and linger on. With our careers and relationships, we wander around for several years before admitting that we are lost.
Whenever a little voice inside you says, ‘This is going nowhere’, it pays to pause, retrace your steps or ask for directions.