A friend told me a great story the other day. She was describing to me how crazy life was at the moment – work was very busy and stressful, she was taking a class that meant lots of work, and her kids of course needed their mother for all kinds of things. She was so stressed she decided to call the one person she knew would lend a sympathetic ear….her mother.
When she called her mom and told her all the things that were stressing her out, her mother replied with, “Try harder.” Her mom reminded her how capable she was and told her that maybe she just needed to try harder. Her mom went on to say that she could cry with her or she could tell her to quit, but neither of those things would help her to succeed.
If we want to succeed, quitting is not an option. But trying harder certainly is.
As leaders, we often face difficult and challenging situations. At times, we’ll even think about quitting. It is during these times that I hope you think about my friend and her mom. I hope you are reminded that quitting doesn’t help us succeed, but trying harder does. In these difficult times, I hope you’ll just try harder.
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