What Will Be the Straw that Breaks the Camel’s Back?

What allows you to persevere, when the convergence of a perfect storm is literally trying to knock you on your ass?

Perseverance is defined as: steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.”his perseverance with the technique illustrates his single-mindedness

synonyms: persistence, tenacity, determination, staying power, indefatigability, steadfastness, purposefulness; patience, endurance, application, diligence, dedication, commitment, doggedness, assiduity, tirelessness, stamina; intransigence, obstinacy

“in a competitive environment, perseverance is an invaluable asset”

If you’ve reached this point on your screen, you read what I read. Beautiful sentiment, right? Reminds me of all of the mommas I blog with. We’ve been through it. We’ve come out on top. We are TRIUMPHANT. We are RESILIENT.

But how? How in the hell can this happen? When everything, from every angle, is pushing harder and harder and harder and harder than you’ve ever been pushed before ALL.AT.THE.SAME.TIME.

How do you make it through the other side? How am I taking 20 minutes (shit, maybe 35 minutes) to write this blog when I have 30 hours of work needing to be completed in the next 3 days?

What drives you? What is driving me? How am I surviving? It’s not a conscious choice….well, maybe it is. It’s autopilot. Fear of failure? Ability to delay gratification? Am I a masochist? Do I wholeheartedly know I can make user’s lives easier, and that I might be willing to do anything asked of me, if there’s a valid reason.

I doubt I’m alone. Will you tell me what’s the worst situation you’ve ever been in for an extended period of time? And how did you make it out alive? Did you have a strategy or just pure luck?


Featured image courtesy of several sources on Pinterest.


Katie Helgesen

Katie Helgesen is the Senior Director of Business Intelligence at Dealer Inspire, a fast-growing and award winning technology company near Chicago. Katie and her husband, Todd, have 4 awesome kids and love living in a small community centered on a lake in northwest Indiana. Baseball, t-ball, and soccer schedules are just a few pieces of Katie’s Mom Hustle. Her daydreams revolve around finding more “me time” and traveling. In real life, Katie keeps herself sane with naps, Netflix and eating out as often as she can.