Fork in the road

If you don’t know where you are going …

Where it Came From

I'm guessing the younger generations (I'm a Boomer) have no idea who Lawrence Peter Berra was. My generation? We knew him as Yogi Berra.

Yogi was one of baseball's greatest from the 1940s-1950s: Joe Garagiola, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Casey Stengel. If you want to know where Yogi came from - and more about his life - check out Short read, but you start to understand why he is who he was.

Yogi has many other Yogi-isms, like "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." That seems to conflict with the one above, but then Yogi was known for lots of Yogi-isms. In 2015, President Obama posthumously presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. At the ceremony Obama quipped "If you can’t imitate him, don’t copy him." Even after Yogi's gone he's still around.

Why I Like It

When working back at John Deere, my boss Keith Enstrom asked me "What's your plan?" I replied with "Would you rather I keep doing it or stop to plan it?" His response? "Both. You need a plan." Good advice.

Building tactical & strategic plans during my career was not usually difficult. In my personal life though, plans did seem to be a challenge. Maybe I took the "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." approach with things outside work.

Now as I've grown older I think about Yogi's advice quite a bit. I also think back to one of my other managers - Bob Metz from Carolina Power & Light. Bob often challenged me to "Go to the end and work backwards." These days I tend to look at life from a different perspective; I think both Bob and Yogi had the right idea.

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