Improved Results, Mindset, Personal Development

The “Trying Harder” Fly

Have you ever watched a fly, desperately buzzing around a window pane in an attempt to break though and reach the freedom on the other side?

The longer you watch, you begin to appreciate the fly’s plan… keep trying harder.

Of course, this plan won’t ever work. The fly is trapped. The harder it tries, the more energy it consumes, and yet it doesn’t get any closer to its goal.

If only the fly would stop. Change direction. Try something different. It would probably fly across the room and out the open door. The actual energy needed to fly across the room would be way less than needed to continually bang against the window.

Trying harder is rarely the solution. If what you are doing isn’t working, trying harder is foolish. Moreover, just because something worked in the past isn’t always good enough for it to work in the future.

It is important to continually re-evaluate what you are doing.

Albert Einstein is quoted as saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results.

Stupidity however is doing the same things only harder.

What window panes are you facing today?  Could there be an open door somewhere that you just haven’t found yet?


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