One of my favorite bosses had a great metaphor.
He would say with a smile, “You need to be a duck. Above the surface, you’re smiling, gliding along smoothly. Below the surface, you’re kicking like hell and getting the job done.”
This is possibly the best piece of career advice I’ve ever received. Sometimes things get crazy. I get frazzled, I get stressed, and I forget about the duck. I’m seriously considering keeping a rubber ducky on my desk to remind me…. Be a duck!