“Alarms and inversions” // tim green, flickr

The Fire Alarm Is Ringing. What Are You Waiting For?

How a fear of change can prevent you from acting when it matters most


Research has shown that, when a fire alarm rings, people do not act immediately. They talk to each other, and they try to work out what is going on. They stand around.

We don’t want an exit if we don’t know exactly where it is going to take us, even – or perhaps especially – in an emergency.


Photo by Bettina von Zwehl

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    Real Life Stories

    Excerpts from the essays, memoirs, diaries, collected letters, and creative nonfiction books published by W. W. Norton.