Day 1,408 – Thankful for a Wonderful Quote About Remaining Calm and Excellent Interviews

One of my tactics for reducing my phone screen time is to keep a book with me at almost all times. When there’s a pause and I feel the gravity to reach for my phone I instead reach for my book. It’s crazy how much more reading I’ve been doing via this process!

Today I grabbed my copy of The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday. When I opened up to my most recent bookmark there was a mind blowing quote that really resonated with me.

Problems are rarely as bad as we think – or rather, they are precisely as bad as we think.

It’s a huge step forward to realize to happen is never the event, but the event AND losing your head. Because then you’ll have two problems (one of them unnecessary and post hoc).

With all that is going on in the world I can’t help but think of how many times I’ve gotten worked up, fired up, or angry over something out of my control – or worse, something that hasn’t even happened yet. How often have I lost my cool and lost my head? How much extra stress did I bring upon myself (and unintentionally to others) as a result of creating a worse situation than what I originally faced?

The next time something unexpectedly goes wrong this will be one of the first things to cross my mind… the mind I will intentionally choose to keep during the challenge.

Sometimes I have to censor my blogs for professional reasons – today is one of those days. That said, I’m confident I can make my point while staying within the lines of professionalism.

Over the past few days I’ve been interviewing many candidates for a new position. In those conversations there have been a few who have stuck out in incredibly positive ways. High energy, positive attitudes, histories of success, excellent examples of both growth mindset and grit. The conversations went so well I felt like I was talking with someone who was already on our team. They could see where we wee going and the conversation flowed like I was talking with a teammate and friend. Those interviews all left me feeling energized, excited, and even more confident in our future. I’m grateful for all of those excellent interviews this week!


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