I have a new car. Well, it’s not a new car, but it’s nice and I like it.
It’s a 1997 Buick Park Avenue with low miles. It needs a paint job, but other than that it’s in pretty good shape.
It’s doing a whole lot better than the last car I bought.
One of the coolest features is something called “head-up display.” I had heard of the technology on Air Force jets, but didn’t know it was available on cars.
The head-up display, also known as HUD, allows me to see how fast I’m going without having to look down at the speedometer. It projects the car’s speed onto the windshield.
There’s a couple of things I like about the feature.
This is especially nice when I see a highway patrolman coming in the other lane. Not that I’m ever going fast enough to get a ticket, of course, but I still want to know my speed immediately when I see blue lights headed in my direction.
Thinking of this reminded me of something my driver’s education teacher told me. He said to always “aim high” when looking out the windshield.
He said that when you farther up the road, you can also see things closer to you. Conversely, when you look right in front of the car, you can’t see things farther away.
This applies beautifully to life and business.
For example, if you know you’re long-term goals, it’s easier to set shorter-term markers to get there.
If you know the rank you wish to achieve in your company, then you can figure out what it will take to get there.
Aim high. You’ll always have your head up.