“Life is like going the wrong way on a moving sidewalk. Walk, and you stay put. Stand still, and you go backwards. You have to hustle to get ahead.”Casey Neistat
When you have to choose, do you take the elevator or the stairs?
Silly question, right?
But it does say an awful lot about your mindset.
Do you walk or do you stand? Do you act or do you wait?
You see, my mother lives at the 10th floor of a building. Two elevators. And she’s always surprised that I choose to take the stairs. Why? Because, as the cliche goes, there’s no elevator to success. Because most of those who take the escalator choose to do so because that’s their default setting. They stand because they hope the world will magically take them to where they want to go.
Meanwhile, the people taking the stairs are aware of the fact that you’ve got to take a lot of small steps if you want to reach the top of a mountain.
Instead of losing momentum, waiting to be taken to where they want to go, they build momentum. They build discipline, fortitude, and self-confidence.
Taking the stairs instead of the escalator may seem like such a silly decision, but it can change your mindset forever.
Whatever uphill battle you’re currently facing, which one is it going to be?
Are you going to wait for things to get better, or are you going to hustle to make them better?
The escalator? Or the stairs?
Which one are you going to choose?