Yesterday, I looked up the word “stuck” in various search engines.
Why? Because of how often the word seemed to appear in converations I had in the last week or so – me giving advice to people and their current problems, my partner with pieces he was writing, me and things I am working on, a book I was reading. And then one of my advisors described me as a person who helps people “get out of stuck”.
That last stopped me cold. How often have I had clients call me for quick advice, because they were “stuck”? How often have I told people to “get stuck in”? Or described some one as succeeding because they “stuck” to their niche? I had not thought about “stuck” as anything more than a word. But did you know that, in April, more than six million searches had “stuck” as the main word?
It applied to relationships (“stuck on someone”), to solution-making (“stuck on a problem”), success (“I stuck to my guns”), magnificent failures (“I stuck to my principles”, “stuck in a rut”), and some that boggle the imagination (“penis stuck”). Some were highly positive; others highly negative, and everything in between.
Maybe that’s what appealed about describing what I do: get people “out of stuck”.
Are you stuck? What is being stuck preventing you from achieving? How is being stuck limiting your choices? I have several good stories about how stuck hurts careers, profitablity and people but I want to know if you get stuck and on what? I will share some stuck stories of my own in the next few blogs.