Keep Trying Harder – or Maybe Smarter?

I started a new little book that I picked up recently, the title is You² and it’s how to make more of yourself (You-Squared) by Price Pritchett. It’s simple reading and the first page pretty much says it all, so I wanted to share it with you because pain isn’t always muscular, many times it’s emotional.

The following is quoted from the book:

“I’m sitting in a quiet room at the Millcroft Inn, a peaceful little place hidden back among the pine trees about an hour out of Toronto. It’s just past noon, late July, and I’m listening to the desperate sounds of a life-or-death struggle going on a few feet away.

There’s a small fly burning out the last of its short life’s energies in a futile attempt to fly through the glass of the windowpane. The whining wings tell the poignant story of the ply’s strategy – try harder.

But it’s not working.

The frenzied effort offers no hope for survival. Ironically, the struggle is part of the trap. It is impossible for eht fly to try hard enough to succeed at breaking through the glas. Nevertheless, this little inscet has staked its life on reaching its goal through raw effort and determination.

This fly is doomed. It will die there on the windowsill.

Across the room, ten steps away, the door is open. Ten seconds of flying time and this small creature could reach the outside world it seeks. With only a fraction of the effort now being wasted, it could be free of this self-imposed trap. The breakthrough possibility is there. It would be so easy.

Why doesn’t the fly try another approach, something dramatically different? How did it get so locked in on the idea that this particular route, and determined effort, offer the promise for success? What logic is there in continuing until death, to seek a breakthrough with “more of the same?”

No doubt this approach makes sense to the fly. Regrettably it’s an idea that will kill.

“Trying harder” isn’t necessarily the solution to achieving more. It may not offer any real promise for getting what you want out of life. Sometimes, in fact, it’s a big part of the problem.

If you stake your hopes for a breakthrough on trying harder than ever, you may kill your chances for success.” (Price Pritchett)

I read this page over and over, it makes so much sense, yet how many of us keep doing the same thing over and over, hoping for a different outcome? Maybe it’s time to re-think the way you are doing something and see if there is a better way.

Have a great day,


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