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Speed Bumps |


In this video, I use the metaphor of speed bumps in the road when driving to make a point of responding to shock and/or disappointment.


Hi, I’m Jeff Altman, and I’m here with weekly advice for you to help you be more effective in life and in your career.

Now, the metaphor I want to talk with you about today is the speed bump. Have you ever had a speed bump while you’re driving and ever noticed one or had to contend with one while driving? A friend of mine lives on a road, probably about 10 miles from where I live, two lanes one lane in each direction. And when you get off the highway to his house, it’s probably about a half mile from it. And when you drive down the road to his home, there are three speed bumps along the way.

Now, the first one teaches you the lesson. Then the second two you slow down, because you realize you’re gonna hit your head against the ceiling of a car. So, what in effect happens is you can trained by the experience. It’s not cataclysmic. After all, you’re not bottoming out your car, taking the actual muffler, anything along those lines. But it’s a wakeup call.

In life, a lot of people run into speed bumps, and, suddenly, it’s like the road is closed in front of them. They are unable to take action. They do nothing to move forward. The shock of hitting this speed bump is completely cathartic in a bad way for them.

If that’s your experience, I encourage you to remember driving and driving over a speed bump, and realizing that, at the end of the day, a speed bump is an alert, just like it is in life. AND you have an opportunity to wake up from that shock, the surprise or perhaps, fail. You have that moment and move on to something that makes more sense for you. Or, you can allow yourself to be stung, shocked and paralyzed. I don’t think that works well for anyone. But it’s your choice. It’s your life. And again, I don’t think it’ll work for you.

So, I want to encourage you, if you need help, if you need support, reach out to me through I’m Jeff Altman. Hope you have a great time.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” and “No BS Job Search Advice.”

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