Sometimes, despite our best intentions, an attempt to solve a problem can result in many more problems. Sound familiar? If so, then you will know what it feels like to “open up a can of worms”. It may not be the most pleasant image, but this expression perfectly captures the chaos and unpleasantness which can come about in such situations.
As much as we are sometimes drawn to the “bells and whistles” of certain products, meaning certain appealing additional features, sometimes what we need is simply a product which “fits the bill”. If something “fits the bill”, it fulfils all the necessary requirements, making it suitable for a particular purpose.
In business and in life, it can often be important to follow your instincts. If you feel that someone’s words “ring true”, then your instinct tells you that what they are saying is likely veracious. If, on the other hand, they “ring hollow”, then they likely cannot be trusted.
If you’ve ever felt like you have been falsely assigned to one particular area of expertise while your other talents were overlooked, you can say that you have been “pigeonholed”. As much as it can be good to have a niche, when this is decided by someone other than yourself, this can be a rather frustrating experience.