The key to winning is knowing when (and what) to quit. No one who has ever achieved greatness in anything has ever done so by trying to master everything that comes their way.
Circling feels good. It gives you the perception of forward momentum. It can sustain your need for progress. But you aren’t going anywhere.
Being effective is about making a difference, efficiency is about checking things off a list. Unless your purpose is to add check marks to a list, efficiency is only a means to the end.
If you manage people and are held accountable for their performance, consider what you can do to help them achieve forward momentum.
There’s certainly nothing wrong with wanting to succeed–an appetite for failure should be cause for concern–but consider the amazing power of failure to catalyze new ideas.