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Handle Overwhelming Projects

Q. I have a new job and more than once I've been presented with a project that makes me feel overwhelmed. I don't know if I should tell the boss I can't do it, or keep trying or asking someone else for help. I don't want to lose this job after it took me so long to find it. I do believe I'm qualified, but I have to settle in and get used to this place. What do I do?

Ans. First keep trying. Then ask for help from friendly co-workers. Next approach the boss and explain that you are having a specific problem and would like help in solving it. In his new book, Workarounds That Work, author Russell Bishop, a columnist for Huffington Post, quotes Henry Ford as saying, "whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right." If you believe you can, you will keep on working at it until you find a way, he adds. If you believe you can't then you will probably give up before you even engage. So keep engaging.

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