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…I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” – Marissa Mayer

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I’ve been using this Monday space to help me structure my thoughts and guide my actions for the week ahead. My quote selections have always been seasoned by my experiences in the recent past, with an eye towards growth in the future.

I had trouble finding a quote for today, but I think this one more or less captures the wisdom I was seeking. For it we can thank the always extremely quotable Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!.

…I have some pretty big life choices to make today. And as someone that fancies himself to be quite cool under pressure, at this point I am officially a little rattled.

Deep Breaths.

Throughout our lives we are all faced with big decisions – both personal and professional. And when we face these forks in the road sometimes we can take no action at all and a decision will be made for us. On the other hand, sometimes the enormity of a decision is so big that the most comforting action can be the most incremental one; this is all well and good, as seeking comfort is normal. But incremental action only creates incremental change.

…So as we get started this week, I want to ask you to believe something that may at face value seem a little implausible: I want to ask you to believe that if you treat everyone that you meet as well as you can, and also try to be the best person that you can be every single day, that when you take risks good things are going to happen.

…This is perhaps a little naive… but conversely some of the most awesome moments in life can occur when we have the conviction to put ourselves way out there and that faith is rewarded. These moments in life can be transformative; they often make us see ourselves and others in a brand new light and re-define our notions of what is possible.

With that said, I can say with absolutely no uncertainty whatsoever that pushing yourself the way that Mayer advocates in the above quote is much easier said than done. In fact, it can be downright scary. But perhaps we shouldn’t let fear paralyze us from taking action. Because we can only have breakthroughs by doing things we don’t ordinarily do.

…Or at least that’s my working hypothesis.

Please let me know if I have this one right in the comments section below. Any thoughts and insights here would be very much appreciated.

Happy Monday,

Rory

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