The Elevator or the Staircase?

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Have you ever used an elevator before? What kind of question is that, of course you have! The objective of any elevator is to get you to the floor you desire to go in the most convenient and fastest way. Enter in, press the button, listen to some elevator music, admire some nice folks (or not so nice ones) and in no time you’ll arrive at your destination. Step in, push a button and step out.


Then there is the staircase. The staircase does the same job except for one main difference…you do the walking. The stairs is ready and available, it is the path to your desired destination but it is you who’ll have to make the journey by yourself, using your muscles and your energy. It involves your whole neurology in the process!


Hence we have two METAPHORES about ones attitude towards life, living and relating: the “elevator” and “staircase”.


The “elevator attitude” can best be described as one that practices the philosophy of “Why do more when you can get away with doing the least.” People who subscribe to this attitude have a goal but they kind of position themselves waiting for quick, fast and least difficult opportunity to appear to attain it,  no matter if it is totally legal or not, exploitive or  environmentally friendly, etc. Example: I want to be a millionaire, that’s the goal. The opportunity or way to achieving it does not really matter. What matters is that it is fast, quick and easy, much like getting into an elevator.   


This attitude becomes their Meta frame for living and relating. They want to do the least, give the least, not be inconvenienced or stretched out of their comfort zones, resist growing, expanding and self actualizing while questing to achieve their goals. It is about themselves and nothing to do with the bigger reality of the community and environment.  


It looks for the big profit, fast, easy, and instant “plug and play” opportunity that requires the minimal that will not challenge and guarantee massive results! Have you met folks with the “elevator attitude”?


Have you seen “elevator” opportunities being marketed to attract such folks as well as to seduce other to joint their company? They sound like “Make money while you are bathing”, “Make money in your swimming trunks”, “Become a USD millionaire like me in 30 days”, “Learn the secrets of the rich and famous and become one in 14 days!”….it’s easy, proven and comes with a money back guarantee! Then they throw you a list of testimonies from “successful elevator folks” who took the elevator opportunity! How can you resist that?   


Do these opportunities work? Well, all I can say is that I used to be an ‘elevator guy” and that I have been there, done that and was left standing at “the bus stop” high and dry!


Then I decided to use the “road less travelled”…the staircase. Here having a goal required me to make the journey to success myself, walk my talk, stretch and grow outside my comfort zone…it is about having the “staircase attitude”.


It taught me that the journey toward the goal had more lessons to offer than just the reward of having the goal. It taught me about persistence and the stamina needed to overcoming set backs. It taught me that the higher the goal, the more will life ask of me question about my real intentions, qualities and character and more challenging will the climb be.


It taught me that genuine goals, relationships as well as authentic living and relating always served as opportunities for to self actualize, to take a deeper look within and make inner adjustments and welcome the process of metamorphosis to become a better person that is worth of the goal. Goals like these ultimately involved the bigger picture, the wider community and the environment.


There are no instant results and quick fix solutions, etc to authentic living, relating and questing for our highest and best. The “staircase” to these will always be there, the goal will be attainable and the path lay out in front of us but the journey is ours for the taking and making. That is the attitude of the “staircase” because you just can’t “proxy your” way to success, that only exist in fairy tales! But you do have a choice for the attitude you will carry ….what will yours be?

Stay committed to transcending, transforming and transferring value back to your world!



Conrad Rozario is the founder of Alchemy Resources. He has more than 14 years experience in Sales, Marketing, Business Management and Talent Development. He holds a MBA from Gordon University, Illinois, is a Certified & Licensed Trainer of Neuro Semantics and NLP (ISNS, USA), a Master Practitioner in Neuro Semantics and NLP (ISNS, USA) and a Language and Behavior Profiling for Coaching Practitioner.  You can follow Conrad on facebook!