• James McNeil

The magic of the phrase "one more time"

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Thomas Edison

I have to be honest with you. Last week was horrible. On the job, I was dealing with people hanging up constantly, and in one day I had twenty-five calls that ended in the person hanging up on me. Pair that with almost no successful calls, and I was demoralized.

Did I think about quitting the job? To be honest, yes. But I didn’t. I could go into the incredibly long list of reasons why I didn’t, but at the top of the list was the knowledge that one bad week does not make a bad employee.

Friday of last week turned out to be a little better, and then Monday of this week came. Monday and Tuesday of this week have been almost as successful as all of last week together. What did I do differently? One thing I did not do was quit. I did not resign myself to the idea that I would not be any good at this job or that the entire month was doomed to failure. I gave it one more try.

That’s all any of us can do, really. Have you dealt with the frustration of failure over and over? The only guaranteed failure lies in giving up. If you want to succeed, there’s one way to do it. Try one more time. You may need to do something a little differently. In fact, you probably will. Doing the same thing over and over is likely to yield the same result. However, quitting should not be an option.

Keep going. Adjust your methods if you need to. But do not quit. If you’d like to wear a gentle reminder of your mission to never quit, check out this t-shirt from our amazing friends at Really?Designs today!

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