Getting out of the Well

The story of the “Frog in the Well” is fairly common. It is used as an analogy for someone who refuses to move out of his or her surrounding because of the comfort.

It is extremely difficult to move out of projects in most companies and I had the opportunity because there was a ramp-down. Once I moved out of that project, which was quite monotonous and relaxed, I felt like I had come out of the well. After moving away, I realized how I was being stifled in the earlier project. I was comfortable with the way things were and I was waiting for the big break which never came.

Once I moved out, I saw the things that I had missed by being in the old project. There are a lot many things to learn and I had deprived myself from doing them. I had become a “Frog in the Well” and didn’t want to move away because of the benefits that I had. I failed to realize that doing so would only bring about my doom.

Now that I think of it, I was very scared to move away. We tend to stick to things because we are used to and because of familiarity. We are afraid of what lies beyond and don’t want to risk running into danger. But what if we are wrong? What if our staying back is more harmful than moving away? How are we to know it?

I am not an expert to answer that but based on my experience, I’d say we need to give it a shot. It might not be easy and not be conducive but it will save us from the regret of not having tried.


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