We have all been encouraged to “give 100%” and often times this is sound advice. Investing your full effort into a project or a competition can often mean the difference between success and failure.

But this little piece of humor reminded me that 100% is not always the right way to go:

“Always give 100% — unless you’re donating blood.” Sure, it is meant to be funny, but it also has a nugget of wisdom underneath. Sometimes, having an asterisk is the right way to operate.

Before you blindly give 100% toward anything, take that extra moment to think through the implications and decide if the full-out effort is the best course of action in the situation.

Thanks Meg for sharing!

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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