“Why do we keep making these mistakes? The press is gonna turn molehills into mountains, but can we please stop giving them so many molehills to work with?”
Politics, particularly in the United States, can be incredibly cut-throat. The quote above comes by way of then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. The press were tearing her apart on a number of issues and she was getting fed up with it all. Even more so, though, she was getting fed up with her team and how they allowed that to happen.
Even so, there is a great lesson for all of us to learn here. You have to focus your energies on what you can control and ignore what you can’t control. If the press wasn’t continually fed nuggets that put Clinton in a negative light, they wouldn’t be able to make a mountain out of a molehill. Sure, one or two bad stories might make their way out anyway, but when you give them this much fodder, you are arming them with far too much ammunition.
“But I’m not in politics.”
Yes, that may be true in the strictest sense, but you also have to realize the impact that the rest of the world has on your life. The “molehills” that you project can be turned into mountains by your co-workers, friends, family, loved ones, customers, and just about anyone else in your life.