Be better: one grain of sand at a time

Quote by Dale Carnegie: “Think of your life as an hourglass. You know there are thousands of grains of sand in the top of the hourglass; and they all pass slowly and evenly through the narrow neck in the middle. Nothing you or I could do would make more than one grain of sand pass through this narrow neck without impairing the hourglass. You and I and everyone else are like this hourglass…if we do not take [tasks] one at a time and let them pass…slowly and evenly, then we are bound to break our own…structure.”

When I started my career, 8 years ago as a Jr. Recruiter. I was very curious about learning about the whole process. My dream was to learn and start something of my own. I wasn’t going to work as an employee forever. I learned the processes but struggled with managing multiple priorities. We all struggle with this at one stage in our career.

This post is to share how reading helped me solve this issue one day. I use to read articles on LinkedIn Pulse (it was a thing back then). There was a gentleman who posted about his experience as a US Army veteran and how he struggled with getting anything done when he had a lot of work. Someone helped him by sharing with him a single analogy of Life as an hourglass.

This man, mentioned whenever he has multiple tasks to complete, he just reminds himself – “One grain of sand at a time” and it will make him less anxious and more focused. I’ve tried this approach and it helps me to date.

I urge you to give this a shot, life is much better this way. Prioritize your work but always complete it one by one. You can’t do all at once, no one can!

Share your thoughts. 🙂

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