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When I Start to Get Overwhelmed With Work, I Look at This Postcard of Earth

One founder shares what helps her keep things in perspective.

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This story appears in the July 2021 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Early in my career, I was easily overwhelmed. I over­extended myself, and soon my responsibilities and commitments and ambitions piled up into this mass that felt unfathomably large — until, one day, my manager gave me something that is still on the bulletin board over my desk 26 years later, even as I've now transformed my career: It's a postcard picture of Earth.

Courtesy of Kathleen Futrell

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