Some creatures are quite a bit different from others. The prickly one perched here on the branch of a popular tree appears to be in a league all of its own. Perhaps you feel the same way about yourself. The challenge, though, is to really get to know yourself so that you can recognize your abilities and limitations. This will help you make a wise career choice.
Let me tell you about porcupines. For starters, they are very good at climbing and eating trees. Most dogs would find this exceedingly difficult. Second, they appear to be very courageous. Very little seems to startle them. Cats, on the other hand, are afraid of everything. Third, they thrive on solitude. Rarely will you find a flock of porcupines congregating on a tree in your back yard. Finally, and most importantly, they have thousands of quills connected to their bodies. These things can come in handy when the coyotes come calling.
Now suppose there was young porcupine somewhere out there who lacked this basic self-understanding. Imagine what would happen if this poor misguided creature decided to pursue a career more fitting to, say, a cow. Failure and frustration would be sure to follow.
Sure, sometimes it is helpful to work on an area of weakness. If this means becoming better at climbing certain trees, or being even more courageous in some situations, or more productive during times of solitude – great. But if this means trying to be something that you most definitely are not – give it up.
The one positive thing about banging your head against a brick wall is that you realize just how good it can feel when you stop.
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