at any line between two points from from far enough away it will look
like a long line. On the other hand, look at a small section and the
same path often looks erratic and scary.
Why should you care about The Long Line?
Because it effects everything you do.
People who are good at running a
meeting announce the goal and then they don't worry to much about what
happens during the meeting, when necessary they just steer it back
towards the goal. They understand that the meeting is a long line.
People who are bad at running meetings spend the whole meeting reacting to things. They act like a day trader.
The same is true with a day…or a week…or a chapter…or a book…or a blog post…or series of posts…or your life.
you look at your life as a long line with experiences and adventures
and people to interact with then what happens in any one interaction
isn't life changing. But if you look at your life like a day
trader…what happens in the next meeting could ruin everything.
Seth Godin explained it to me this way, "Seeing
the long line doesn't just make you calmer, it helps you steer the
boat. When a plane takes off for Boston, it's on course. But then the
wind and other things put it off course. The pilot doesn't turn around,
land and start over. She just corrects, ultimately staying on the long
Perhaps the best example of long line thinking is the
talented musician who makes a mistake but no one in the audience
realizes it because he "doesn't skip a beat".