if you are not the lead dog, the view never changes

if you are not the lead dog, the view never changes
Canadian saying.

1990 Reauthorization of the Export Administration Act: Hearings before the Subcommittee on International Finance and Monetary Policy (United States Congress) (online) None of us should relish the hardly comic prospect of the US crying from the back of the cocom pack, ‘Follow me.’ As any dog-sledder will tell you, if you’re not the lead dog, the scene never changes.

1999 Discount Store News 22 Feb. (online) He makes his point perfectly clear with a distinctly Canadian metaphor. ‘If you’re not the lead dog of a sled, the view never changes.’

2007 New York Times 11 Feb. (online) But Mr. Rau said action in Suffolk to stem scrap thefts could be a national model. ‘If you are not the lead dog, the view is always the same,’ he said. ‘Let’s take the problem on.’

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