“Should I write an apology to my ex?” Plus, the quiz
Indicate the extent to which you agree with each statement below on a scale from 0 (not at all) to 5 (completely). 1. I consider problems from different angles □ 2. There are many paths to success □ 3. I keep a to-do list □ 4. I like to keep my options open □ 5. I am rarely bested in an argument □ Higher scores may indicate greater resourcefulness. While John D Rockefeller argued, ‘singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for a successful life,’ Roman playwright Titus Maccius Plautus noted ‘a mouse does not rely on just one hole’. Theodore Roosevelt would agree: ‘I am not a good shot, but I shoot often’ and Einstein admitted, ‘I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time, I am right.’
Sometimes there is value in knowing when to quit. F Scott Fitzgerald praised not only ‘the ability to persist, but the ability to start over’. ‘It is tempting,’ noted psychologist Abraham Maslow, ‘if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.’ To build a brighter future, tool up.