I was stuck and actively struggling to make progress in my career. Frustrated and finding it hard to ignore the problems I saw everywhere.
One day, I met Simon, who gave me some powerful advice. He turned to the whiteboard during one of my rants and sketched a sailing ship.
Where would this problem hit the boat? He asked. I pointed to the sails. "Will it sink the ship?" came the question. I had to admit it would not.
Simon explained that he built his career dealing only with things that could sink ships. At first, I had difficulty hearing it. After all, those problems were real, and how could we ignore them. But those words stuck in my brain. I still think about them often.
So, if you find yourself struggling with the weight of problems everywhere like I was, remember: "Will it sink the ship?"
What's the one lesson that you'll never forget?