June 21, 2013

“If it were easy we wouldn’t need you.”

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Hercules and the Hydra

I’ve found that sometimes a small saying goes a long way to help someone get motivated.  One of those sayings is:

“If it were easy we wouldn’t need YOU.”

I like to use it when someone is discouraged at some Herculean task or having a tough time dealing with customers or colleagues.  It instantly injects meaning and self-worth into their stuggle — after all, everyone is proud to achieve something that few others can do.  It also shows them that you appreciate the special value that they bring to your organization.

Often just that small phrase, said with feeling, is enough to give someone the energy and motivation they need to push through to their next big success.

Try it.

Chris Harvey

Founder & CEO at ITviec.com
Chris Harvey is the Founder & CEO of ITviec.com, a jobs site featuring the best IT jobs in Vietnam. He enjoys building great teams and writing about leadership.
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  • Neo

    in the same spirit, i often jokingly comment: “if it were easy, i would have done it myself” :-P

    • https://twitter.com/#!/chrisfharvey Chris F. Harvey

      Oh that’s good. I’m stealing it.

  • Quynh

    i think the affirmative version is better for Vietnamese.. “it is hard, and that’s why we need your talent” – it’s more direct as a compliment and push, while the “if it were easy, we wouldn’t need you” could be a bit sensitive when people take it literally that they’re not needed if the job were easier..

    by the way, you should be on bloglovin’ so it’s easier to follow your updates :D http://www.bloglovin.com

    • https://twitter.com/#!/chrisfharvey Chris F. Harvey

      Thanks Boss Lady. Erm….I signed up. How do I register my blog there?