End Your Struggles Forever

Several years ago, I picked up a great book by a guy named Price Pritchett called YOU Squared, the Quantum Leap Strategy.

Pritchett tells a true story about how he was sitting in a quiet room at the Millcroft Inn, a peaceful little place hidden back among the pine trees about an hour out of Toronto.

He writes, “It’s just past noon, late July, and I’m listening to the desperate sounds of a life-or-death struggle going on a few feet away.

There’s a small fly burning out the last of its short life’s energies in a futile attempt to fly through the glass of the windowpane. The whining wings tell the poignant story of the fly’s strategy - try harder. 

But it’s not working.

The frenzied effort offers no hope for survival. Ironically, the struggle is part of the trap. It is impossible for the fly to try hard enough to succeed at breaking through the glass.

Nevertheless, this little insect has staked its life on reaching its goal through raw effort and determination.

The fly is doomed. It will die there on the windowsill.

Across the room, ten steps away, the door is open. Ten seconds of flying time and this small creature could reach the outside world it seeks. With only a fraction of the effort now being wasted, it could be free of this self imposed trap. The breakthrough possibility is there. It would be so easy.

Why doesn’t the fly try another approach, something dramatically different? How did it get so locked in on the idea that this particular route, and determined effort, offer the most promise for success? What logic is there in continuing until death, to seek a breakthrough, with “more of the same”?

No doubt this approach makes sense to the fly. Regrettably, it’s an idea that will kill.

“Trying harder” isn’t necessarily the solution to achieving more. It may not offer any real promise for giving what you want out of life. Sometimes in fact, it’s part of the problem.

If you stake your hopes for a breakthrough on trying harder than ever, you may just kill your chances for success.”


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11 Comments on End Your Struggles Forever

  • Cool email to wake up to. The writer has experience in copywriting and one can have empathy for the fly. Thanks Aaron, I struggled with this thought just last night
    Look forward receiving more of your guidance.

  • Great post, I understand what you are saying in this newsletter. If you continue to take the same path that is not getting you anywhere, that is where you will end up no where. Also, even if you are doing more and striving to get what you desire and keep staying on one path it will just only keep you burned out, frustrated. If another avenue comes in your way that you think could help you get where you are going and just still keep going in the same path, you will not get to where you want to go. I

  • Agreed! It isn’t always about working harder, it’s about working smarter, and innovation. Thanks Aaron, this got me in to thinking outside the box again!! :)

  • thanks, still don’t know how to safe my situation without money that a presenter wants. that’s my problem, how does this fly find her funds to get going what others want from this fly to get help. I don’t need a pep talk because I have the will but not the moola. Talk, talk, talk isn’t going to make it happen.

  • Aaron, I am never surprised at your wisdom and you forethought. Coming from similar backgrounds, we were always taught exactly that and the harder we tried the less we moved ahead. Now I have learned that trying harder (Working Harder) is a path but not the best path. Work Smarter not Harder. Incorporate your vision into your tenacity and then you can see the opportunities around you with clear vision. Thanks again for the Post

  • The message your trying to get across is very good BUT relating to it is very difficult. The difference between a flea and man if written down could fill set of encyclopedias mile long. So even simply implying a man would act or react in any way like a flea is totally absurd. Never mind if it was real situation the whole thing would change in split second if man came into room and waved newspaper at the flea that pushed him in direction of the door….yes people act like flea in sense they do same thing over and over again expecting different results or if someone convinces themself they are going in right direction no matter what happens they dont quit they ignore sign that says bridge is out then they def will destroy themself…if they think by listening to the sign they have to admit they were wrong then they will ignore it regardless of possible income…its frightening how pride destroys lives…so if person is acting like fly stubborn pridefull persistant to death and will not quit and someone does not come along and show them there going wrong way and show them right way then they are doomed to fail…thats why having a coach mentor trainer leader like you Aaron and your wife could literaly change a persons life…

  • I’ve never heard of the book or this story which is so profound. Isn’t it true, how many people would rather struggle doing the same thing over and over rather than finding another path. Thanks for sharing and I just may have to pick up the book.

  • Love the visual painted between trying the same thing over and over (trying harder) that is doomed to failure. The other part of the visual which shows another way (not continuing to try harder) such as asking or researching other ways got me thinking. I need to stop and evaluate everything I do and ask the question. Am I trying harder with no results or am I trying hard using another idea or proven method to get results. Thanks for the post Aaron!

  • I totally get it. Years ago I knew someone who took a part time job at the mall at a retail clothing store for some “extra money” to pay some bills off sooner. This person was already making almost $55K per year in salary, but thought that taking on an extra job and working “extra hard” would solve the issue. As it turned out, the job was not nearly as glamorous as it seemed to be at first. The perk of an employee discount soon wore off. When it came time to do taxes the following year, and after this person had already quit that mall job, it was proved to be one of the worst decisions ever. They were a dual income family and the extra job was just enough to move them into the next higher tax bracket. They ended up having to pay that year. Five dollars more than the total after tax income that extra job provided in the first place. They lost money. More importantly, they lost time apart that they couldn’t get back. Sometimes working harder is the worst thing you can do. We all need to take the time to actually assess the options before making such a commitment. Thanks for the post Aaron!

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