A long time ago, when I was a new employee at a company named after a certain fruit of paradise fame, there worked a retired army Colonel. I was in a class that he was teaching on a certain troubleshooting procedure that had a lot of us newbies in a bind. The Colonel was a senior rep and had a reputation for being very methodical, regimented and “by the book.” Anyway, I remember that during this training session he said, and I quote:
You newbies end up looking like a bunch of puppies trying to f$#k a beach ball. Lots of energy, lots of good intentions, but not a lot of results.
That phrase has stuck with me. Usually, it’s in the back of my mind, but it has recently come to the forefront. For the last few months, I’ve been very unsuccessful at reaching some goals and the image of the puppies trying to hump a beach ball just popped to the forefront of my mind as the best description of the results that my efforts have attained. Just thought I’d share that image with y’all.