Growing up my parents had one of those old manual hand pumps for their spigot. Humor me, I am not that old, they had a well system.
I would pump and pump, but water would never come out. Eventually I gave up and thought to myself, “This thing doesn’t work!” Then to justify giving up I’d tell myself, “I did everything Mom told me to do, and I didn’t get any water.”
There are some parallel lessons here related to personal and professional challenges.
Despite feverishly pumping with no instant results, it’s important to remember that with continued effort and persistence the desired results WILL come pouring out. As we feverishly pump, yet nothing appears to be happening, with continued effort and persistence the desired results WILL come pouring out. It also provides the opportunity to look at the pump with curiosity and wonder what possibilities there might be to improve the pump.
No great journey is linear. In reality it’s continual sequences of ups and downs expansions and contractions. You make progress and then you stumble. Every advance reveals a new shortcoming. Major upsets lead to breakthrough moments.
Your must enter the lows and optimize the highs in order to achieve a positive slope within the maze of real life.
It’s sleepless nights brainstorming ideas. It’s a roller coaster of incremental successes and failures. It’s a war with self-doubt. Success is persevering long enough to transform vision into reality!
Your success, and the next big breakthrough, is much closer to the surface than you might think.
You just need to stay focused and keep on pumping!