Ok, y’all. I’m a new mom, and I have a feeling you might be hearing a lot about that in this blog. Being a new mom is almost like being a baby – every little thing is a new discovery. And one thing I’ve discovered lately is that there is a whole other world out there that I didn’t know about before: the ever-expanding, complicated but vital, sophisticated and sometimes expensive, universe of stain treatment and removal.
By the time the baby had started eating carrots (and uneating them, if you will), I had begun to experiment with stain treatment. If you have ever cared for an infant, you know that your laundry loads easily triple, but they also become more complex. Sure, I have spilled stuff on my own clothes before, and I’ve had to “shout” those stains out; but these occurrences were few and far between, and consisted more of spots than the swaths we were now dealing with. He’s just learning how to eat; let’s cut him some slack.
So, one day, while doing laundry, I thought, “Wow. I have learned a hell of a lot about stain removal in just the past week or so.” I mean, I tried everything from the regular stain removal products, to crazy recommendations from old wives’ tales, to even the stuff I use to clean my oven. I was quickly learning when to treat the stain, how to treat it, which products to use and, quite frankly, when to give up and just chuck it in the trash.
Mostly, this realization made me think of just how resilient and resourceful we all can be. Time and time again, I’ve seen that when people are given the choice of whether to sink or swim, they usually figure it out and swim. It made me think about groups and individuals I have managed in the past – the most important thing to do for these folks was to instill the passion to succeed; then, whatever skill or skills they lacked, they would seek out and hone on their own. They would take the initiative to find ways to improve in the areas that would lead them to success. And it’s always better when people choose, of their own volition, to acquire or perfect a skill or task – it’s persuasion theory 101.
I know it might be a bit of a stretch, but this is how my mind works. My baby boy is the love of my life, and I will do and learn anything for him – even the vast and complicated world of laundry science. I just love to watch people – including myself – rise to the occasion and do what they have to do. Whether it is learning how to speak to large groups, or execute a newsletter on a platform you’ve never used before, or be a more diplomatic leader, or even get carrot smear out of a romper, people will excel when driven by passion.
Passion first. Everything else will follow. Now, off to start another load …
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