Someone recently said to me "Boy, you are really climbing the ladder". I never really liked the ladder analogy. They wabble, no one is ever holding them properly, you can fall at any time, etc.
So I started asking around. I then heard people refer to it as a drive, a journey, a mountain, an elevator, and a roller coaster. I have never heard anyone say that their success was like a Log Flume. Going up slowly, one single click at a time, then straight down into a pool of murky water, and left standing there, cold, sort of wet in some places, without a towel or a change of clothes... How do you know which metaphor you are on? Maybe ladder isn't so bad after all.