“When is the time you felt most broken?”

“I first ran for Congress in 1999, and I got beat. I just got whooped. I had been in the state legislature for a long time, I was in the minority party, I wasn’t getting a lot done, and I was away from my family and putting a lot of strain on Michelle. Then for me to run and lose that bad, I was thinking maybe this isn’t what I was cut out to do. I was forty years old, and I’d invested a lot of time and effort into something that didn’t seem to be working. But the thing that got me through that moment, and any other time that I’ve felt stuck, is to remind myself that it’s about the work. Because if you’re worrying about yourself—if you’re thinking: ‘Am I succeeding? Am I in the right position? Am I being appreciated?’ — then you’re going to end up feeling frustrated and stuck. But if you can keep it about the work, you’ll always have a path. There’s always something to be done.”

—President Barack Obama
Courtesy Humans of New York

2 thoughts on “”

  1. I love this! The whole point is the process, the in between work, not necessarily the end result. It’s the Dory advice of, “Just keep swimming!” instead of whether or not you get first place.

    1. I loved it too, and I needed to hear it!

      I also dig that a man can feel like he’s “stuck” at 40 and go on to do such great things. It’s almost like I can breathe for a second and feel okay that I don’t have my life figured out yet. 🙂

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