With Christmas coming up I asked my kids last week if they wanted to go cut down our Christmas tree or get one from Costco. Since they are 13, I was really happy that they wanted to still have the family experience of hiking into the woods and cutting down our own tree. We started out a bit later than we should have but we found a decent path pretty quickly and started the search for the best “Charlie Brown” tree we could find. I’m not sure why, but every tree that we liked was 20 feet tall or a combination of two trees entwined. Before we knew it, darkness had set in. We started hiking back to our car and I had just said, “maybe we’ll have to go to Costco after all”. Within two minutes one of my girls said “wait, look at that one”. It was still quite a bit away from where we were, but we walked over to it and it was by far the best tree we had seen all afternoon so my husband cut it down and we went home with an awesome tree. Why am I telling you about our Christmas tree experience? Because it made me think about something we all need to be reminded about now and then – not giving up too soon! I’ve dug up some of my favorite blogs on not giving up, so take a look and I hope this motivates you to keep on going. It’s the comparison to sales, recruiting or job hunting. As a sales person how many times have you been in a competitive situation with one of your biggest competitors. What do you do? Do you give up or do you get creative and come up with that best idea to win the deal? Take a look at a blog I wrote about not giving up on a sale. As a recruiter how many times have you been told we have a few candidates for the position, but none that have quite made the cut. What do you do? I don’t know about you, but that makes me work even harder knowing I have competition in the running and a deadline just around the corner. Here’s a few tips on what makes a good recruiter. As a job searcher do you apply for just one more job? The answer is yes; what if you give up and stop looking just before you find your dream job? It’s out there, so keep on searching. This quote says it all: “The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right BEFORE something amazing is about to happen. Don’t give up and keep on trying.