Biting Off More Than You Can Chew

I don’t know about you, but I am very interested in where words and phrases come from. I remember being in a sophomore literature class in college and being fascinated by how many sayings came from either Shakespeare or the Bible. It’s lots folks. In fact, I found a really cool site where you can take a quiz…Who said it? God or Shakespeare.

You’re welcome.

At any rate, as I continue to complain to you about being buried, one of these idioms came to me in this form. “Kelly, you are BITING OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW.”

You are writing three blogs, newsletters, and terribly clever Facebook posts. You sit on your library board and are a VP of your mom of twins club. You are in a book club, and you try to read a book a week. And don’t even get me started on listening to NPR and being obsessed by shows on PBS. And THEN you tried to undertake a 21 day silence challenge. It’s too much, my friend. Just too much.

So I set out to find out about the phrase. And the sad truth, it is just as it sounds. All it means is trying to do more than you are capable of. No famous person claims to have said it first. No fantastic historic example of usage. DAMN.

And yet the spirit is palpable. When you bite off more than you can chew, everything can suffer. Everything starts to get done in a (pardon the expression) HALF ASSED WAY. So I swallowed my pride and quit the silence challenge. You can read my mea culpa on my blog at

So think of yourself here. Are you managing all of your commitments well? Are you leaving yourself enough time and energy and attention so that everything is done well? If not, how would you decide what to let go of?

Now working as a consultant, Kelly sold digital printing for 15 years so she understands the challenges, frustrations and pitfalls of building a successful sales practice. Her mission is to help printers of all sizes sell more stuff. Kelly's areas of focus include client recovery, retention and acquisition, and marketing communications projects.
Kelly graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science and, among other notable accomplishments, co-founded the Windy City Rollers, a professional women's roller derby league.

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  • Tom Isacson

    You can do anything, but not everything.

  • Melissa Sienicki

    Wonderful as usual, Kelly. I always look forward to reading your blogs.

  • Barbara Walter

    Loved the quiz. I got 14 correct I guess I thought I knew both God and Will better.I will study the ones that I missed, LOL