The most important room in a building with more than two stories is the elevator.
Without the elevator every person that needs to go up would have to spend incomparable amounts of effort getting to their destination. My brother works in a building without enough elevators and he’s constantly complaining about it. I’m sure he’s not the only one that it bothers.
Some observations about elevators
- If you’re going to have one, build it into your plans, early.
- Elevators put us closer to our destination.
- They save us energy so we can spend it on our work.
- They give us time to think about what is coming.
- They know the way.
- They’re not difficult to use but they do require us to be all in.
- If we trust them they’ll take us where we need to go.
- They let us bring other people with us.
- They’re generous, they’ll help anyone that trusts them.
The elevators in my life
Pierce, Dan, Cliff, Mike, Seth, Jeff, Jon, Hugh, Tom…
Read this post again. It’s short. This time think about your desire for success and think about who your elevators are.
If you don’t have elevators life is much more difficult than it should be.
Don’t try to succeed on your own.
Build good elevators into your life.
(This post was inspired by one woman’s description of Seth Godin at a release party for his book Linchpin. That’s the best description I’ve ever heard of him. You can access the previously unreleased video by going to this page and then reading the first few paragraphs to find the hidden password for the video embedded a bit lower down that same page.)