Lessons from the Corn Maze

September 23, 2016

It is Fall! Here in Pennsylvania, the corn maze is a seasonal custom. You know about corn mazes. A farmer plants a field of corn and then cuts down everything that is not a pathway, a dead end, an entrance, an exit, or a couple of surprises. When you are in the maze, you cannot see through or over the corn rows – you just have to make your way through – or call the owners for help.

For those of us in CI, there are lessons to be learned from the corn mazes – otherwise I would not be talking about them. Here they are:

  • When you start, you may think you know where you are heading, but soon you learn that is almost never the case.
  • After a short time, you begin to wonder if the journey will ever end. If you don’t get it right, it will not!
  • The proven way to get it done is usually the least efficient way to proceed (hint: for a corn maze it usually is to keep your right hand on an outside wall and following it around, and around, and around).
  • Getting confused can mean you are doing it right – you are watching and listening and not just meandering.
  • It will always take longer to solve it than you expect. Maybe more time than you have.
  • If there is help offered, like a map you can carry, always take it.
  • Think outside of the box, oops, maze. You have a map on your cell phone – use it. And if you are stuck, use it call for help. Use all available tools, not just the ones someone else gave you.
  • Remember, some barriers are artificial – if you are really lost, you probably can go through the corn rows, if you know in what direction to go.
  • Avoid going along the same path more than once.
  • Remember any dead ends you ran into so you avoid them the next time. Otherwise you will dead end again and again.
  • If you have a map, plan your moves in advance – do not “wing it”, or “go with your gut”.

Now, for maze, substitute any analytical problem. Enjoy.


One Comment on “Lessons from the Corn Maze”

  1. […] It is Fall! Here in Pennsylvania, the corn maze is a seasonal custom. You know about corn mazes. A farmer plants a field of corn and then cuts down everything that is not a pathway, a dead end, an entrance, an exit, or a couple of surprises. When you are in the maze, you cannot see through or over the corn rows – you just have to make your way through – or call the owners for help.For those of us in CI, there are lessons to be learned from the corn mazes – otherwise I would not be talking about them. Here they are:  […]


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