I never learned how to swim.

I just read something that really resonated with me, a comment on my favorite blog, askamanager.org.

“I think sometimes quitting or acknowledging something isn’t working out is considered a weakness. It’s drilled into our heads as kids that if we do a good job, try hard and are nice then we’ll be rewarded, but sometimes it doesn’t go that way, there’s nothing you can do to fix it and the more you try to fix it the worse it gets. To me it’s a strength to be able to assess a situation and have the sense to realize it won’t get better. It may not get worse but it could take all kinds of extra effort on my part just to keep treading water while . . . others . . . are swimming laps past me.”

I’ll need to spend some time thinking about this.



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