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“Suck It Up” Is Not My Advice

One of my clients called to ask whether she should continue writing a series of articles in a local print publication. Each article has been a challenge and the results intangible. She thought I would tell her to just get over it, and keep doing the work until she got different results, but “suck it up” is never my advice. There are parts of every job that we sometimes don’t like. When you’re feeling more than mild annoyance, that sucking sound is an indication that you’re outta your sweet spot. Change how you do what sucks, find the hidden benefit of doing what sucks, or stop doing it.

4 Responses to “Suck It Up” Is Not My Advice

  1. Carolyn July 5, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    That simple! I like the idea of working towards a sweet spot rather than the attitude of working to get stuff “out of the way”.

  2. Jennifer July 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    Good advice. I am sure it was well received and helped them move forward!

  3. Shannon Lawrence October 16, 2016 at 9:48 pm #

    Timely advice for me. I just stopped and reorganized a particular project because “grinding on” was killing the project and the spirits of those working it. There was a natural stopping place last fall, but familiarity with grinding kept us from recognizing it.
    The 2.0 version is renamed and repopulated with room to grow.
    Sometimes you gotta stop grinding, get your tools sharpened and try a different tact.

    • Dodie Jacobi October 17, 2016 at 11:05 am #

      Excellent Shannon! Good work recognizing that just because we CAN, doesn’t mean we SHOULD spend more energy persevering on a particular approach to the outcome we seek. Stick to the OUTCOME, not the course for getting it, and all sorts of “other ways” appear.

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