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Are you a jackhammer or a hummingbird?

Updated: Nov 30, 2020



Two years ago I got a powerful insight that was a total game changer. My exec coach helped me realise that what I saw as the elephant in the room – my varied career – is actually my superpower. And the need for constant change wasn't a character flaw but the outcome of my gifts of boundless energy, curiosity & exploration and unstoppable drive for growth. This is what sets me apart and adds value to projects I work on. It also helped explain why I was so exhausted and dangerously close to burn out striving for success in yet another new industry, sector and role.


As mentor of mine, Rob Dial, puts it: are you a jackhammer or a hummingbird?


If you’re a Jackhammer, you know the one thing you are alive for, would die for, the message you’re spreading. You know what it is and you’re just going to bash the wall until you break through to the other side because you know exactly what it is that you’re willing to push & push for.


Everyone thinks that’s how they have to be and are stressed out that they don’t know what it is for them.


Most people are hummingbirds. A hummingbird goes and visits a flower for a while, then flies away and goes to another flower for a while, then another, and that’s how most people are with their passion. And that’s completely OK.


Passion is something you do for two/ three/ four years, then think, you know what, I think I’ve gotten enough from this flower, I’m going to go to the next one, and you go to your new passion for two/ three/ four years, realise you’ve gotten enough from this, go to the next one…your passion doesn’t have to be something you do and die by.


Is that exactly what you needed to hear? Is this how you feel? Relieved to know you just need to find something you are absolutely in love with right now?


But make sure you’re putting 100% into what you are doing. Don’t be a hummingbird putting 50% into one flower and 50% into another, just in case the first one doesn’t work out – you’ll never get anywhere. If that’s you, then put 100% of your focus on the one flower that you are on right now. You might eventually find one flower that you do for a while longer as it hits the spot.


What's that next flower for you? Want support making it a reality? Let's talk.


Find out more about my coaching support here.


I have availability from January for two new 1-2-1 clients, get in touch to schedule an informal conversation this December to see if it might be just what you're looking for.

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