Sometimes I use Analogies to give me insight, motivation and ideas. I know sales people and recruiters use them everyday, "you have to go the distance", "let's hit one out of the park" etc. One of my favorite Sports analogies for recruiting is "Recruiting is a Marathon, and not a sprint". There are those times when you'll make that quick hit placement or sprint, but the majority of them take a longer time. Running a marathon takes preparation, training, mental and physical focus, support from others, a good pasta dinner the night before. All these are true to recruiting (pasta sometimes).. Focus and preparation take time, We have to build relationships with hiring managers and candidates, Screening, interviewing, feedback, closing, providing a great service to your clients..these are Part of the recruiting process. If you have the desire and passion to be a great recruiter, don't look at the short term, smaller picture.. The bigger picture Marathon mentality is a long term focus and relationship building exercise that will provide your clients with top service. You will receive more refferalls of passive candidates, clients, be more succesful, and reach the finish line. Do you have a good sports analogy?