I came across a great Buddhist quote while reading Mihaly Csikszentmihali’s Finding Flow last night.
“Act as if the future of the universe depended on what you did, while laughing at yourself for thinking that whatever you do makes any difference.”
Being in a sales role, this quote seemed to really resonate with my day to day work life. I make call after call on customer after customer, and I hear a lot of the word “No.” There is always a temptation lose hope, give up, or waste time doing something less challenging. Still success is contingent on being determined and resilient – making that extra call, going the extra mile, and pushing forward as if the universe depended on it. What keeps me sane is pushing like hell, and then looking back at all of those “No” responses and laughing.