Sink or Swim

During my first few years in the business world, I was introduced to the following statement,”sink or swim.” In other words, you either get with the program or you fail.  However, my thought is why limit oneself to either sinking or swimming. What about a third option of “solution finding” such as building a raft or sitting on anything that floats?

After all, some rules or regulations may have been proper at the time of introduction.  However, as times change, some of the established rules may need to be revisited to see if they fit in today’s constantly changing society.

By finding solutions to complex issues, figuring out why something is not working, or building a better mouse trap, we must have an open mind geared towards a “solution finding” mentality and letting go of the “sink or swim” mentality. Therefore, by having a positive focus, our eyes may see with a new sense of clarity and the burden on our shoulders become lighter.


  • In what moments do you feel like sinking or swimming?
  • What can be done to create an environment where everyone could swim and be successful?
  • What holds us back from challenging the status quo?
  • What other options exist besides sinking or swimming?

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