Holding something back

There’s a great exercise I like to do with my students. The first thing I ask them to do is raise their hand as high as they can. Then I ask them to raise it higher.

The point is that when we are asked to give it our all, we still end up holding something back. We are conditioned to do this with bosses asking for 110%. We do it because if they ask for more, we need to have something else to give.

Yet, we are surprised when something doesn’t work when we hold something back.

Perhaps, skip all of that. Give everything you have. Not because your boss asked you to do it. Do it because you’re a passionate person and that is what passionate people do.