Look at the comic and try to guess the meaning of the idiom 'on the right track.'
on the right track (on track): doing something or thinking in a way that will lead to success.
The businessman's mission statement has one symbol on it: a dollar sign ($). Yes, making money might be the ultimate goal but a mission statement provides more details / information about the purpose and values of the company or organization. So the businessman is on the right track about the mission statement—his thinking is going in the right direction—but he's left out all of the reasons why they want to make money.
This idiom talks about being on the right track or being on track. A track is a line of rails that the wheels of a train follow to stay on the correct path and go in a single direction.
So this idiom is talking about following the right direction—the path that will lead you in the right direction to the place you want to arrive (success).
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Idiom: On the right track