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Reverting back to what made you successful

Radical Focus wasn’t for me, but this quote, in particular, struck a chord:

“In times of crisis, people go back to the thing that made them successful. Even when it’s not the right thing to do.”

Doing something new is hard. Sticking with what’s familiar and old hat is always easier.

Leadership is an easy analogue. Let’s say you’re great at making widgets. You’re promoted to head of the widget-making group.

In periods of stress, when the widget factory is behind on production, your first reaction is to jump back in and start making widgets. Instead, stick with what’s hard. Remove roadblocks. Clear the path. Help everyone else be more successful.

Pushing through the difficulty of doing something new is what grows and changes us for the better.

Follow-up read: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

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