When someone describes a problem, you’ve probably heard them use the expression: “The wheels came off.” Well, in this case, one literally did.

It may look like the owner of the truck was just changing a tire but actually, it was far worse that than. The entire wheel was laying on its side, likely from a broken tie rod or ball joint. The wheel was still attached but it definitely wasn’t functional.

It’s not like the truck died without warning. It had a “For Sale” sign in its window so obviously, the owner knew it was time for a replacement vehicle. He just pushed it a bit too far.

Heed the moral of the story: Don’t force things past their limit. When it’s time for a rest – of your body, your equipment or your relationships – listen to the signs. Don’t drive your “truck” until the wheels come off.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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