Let me ask you a question. What makes you strong?
Is it in avoiding challenges, or is it in facing them head-on?
I’ve read countless books and thousands of stories. In doing so, I’ve stumbled on one common pattern for those that achieve success. Everyone's story of strength is coupled by enduring a season of struggle. The secret to success is not in avoiding failure, but in getting back up when you do.
Think of the stories of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Susan B. Anthony. All three changed their nations for the better – they didn’t just find success, they found significance. Part of that journey was enduring challenges along the way.
You may be familiar with the story of Mandela and Gandhi, but have you ever peeked at the real-life story of Susan B. Anthony?
I remember being curious about Susan B. Anthony as a young child in the late 70s when the U.S. Mint fashioned a new coin with her likeness....
It's been a while since I've written a blog - but that's not say that I haven't been writing. I just came off a writing season for the forthcoming book IMAGINE. I'll post more about the new book in a future blog.
What I want to focus in on today is something that affects us all. It's falling short, and overcoming that feeling of defeat.
Let's face it, we are all human. We all fall short.
The Bible even says for all have sin and fallen short. If you look back at every successful leader, you'll find that they could tell you a story of defeat.
Falling short can be the most discouraging thing ever. What starts as optimism, and resolute hope, can sometimes come up a yard short of the end-zone, or the feeling that we didn't deliver, or worse the feeling you failed. When this happens you feel deflated.
The question is -- how do you deal the agony of defeat?
If you are like me, I usually need some time to rebound. I can't...
My colleague and friend Joe Caliri, who is the President for us at SimVentions, and has a passion for others, asked me about a year ago to write a guest blog post. I came across it recently, and thought I'd share it with you. It offers a glimpse of what the company we get to work for is all about. Enjoy!
When you see these list of names, you might think greatness. After all, their accomplishments and achievements are pretty significant, aren’t they?
The truth is they had their doubts, their challenges, and their frustrations. They were like anyone else. Yet, despite the odds, they rose above the fray and left their mark on the world.
Story after story – going back to...
Words matter. Words can either breath life, or tear us down. One of the more powerful words ever spoken was an excerpt from a Teddy Roosevelt speech titled Citizenship in a Republic that he gave in Paris, France in April 1910.
Perhaps you are familiar with it. Even if it is, I encourage you to read it again as if it’s the first time.
"It is not the critic who counts;
it’s not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles
or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly;
who errs, who comes short again and again,
because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;
but who does actually strive to do the deeds;
who knows great enthusiasms,
the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring...
I wanted to share some thoughts regarding the topics of obstacles. I did this a few years back, but recently transcribed the video.
Here's the transcript for the video above. (sorry for the typos)
Hey guys, hope you're doing good.
March the fourth -- fantastic day in my family at least, oldest son's birthday today. So hey, listen, I wanted to throw down some thoughts on walking the dog again, dogs plural. just rode the bike. And I was thinking about obstacles.
How many times have you been stopped by obstacles? I mean, I have 1000s of times. I've had obstacles today. I've let the obstacles rob me of my next steps, to be honest with you. But I've also found ways to leverage and get past it right. You've heard the phrase, the obstacle is the way, here's something that happened to me, I realized I was dealing with some obstacles. And I was actually the obstacles or external obstacles are internal. Okay.
I always make an excuses as to why I wasn't gonna get...
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go”
— T. S. Eliot
We just launched a new three part series on Resilience on the Breaking Average Podcast. Have you seen it? The first episode aired recently centers on the concept of Acknowledging the Threats. The next episodes take it even further. This is such a powerful principle. Resilience is a secret untapped strength each of us have, we often just don't know it.
There's an old line from the legendary Japanese Military Strategist that sets the table.
Know thyself, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.
What he's saying is spot on. You can't be yourself and face your challenges until you know yourself. That's where it starts. But that's not enough. He's also saying you can't face the enemy and defeat the enemy without knowing the enemy. Both are vital.
There are some battles...
There is a great scene early in the movie Remember the Titans where two teammates are in a huge disagreement. Gerry Bertier, the captain and star linebacker, who is white, is arguing one point with his teammate Julius Campbell, another talented linebacker, who happens to be black. Bertier is pressuring Julius to step up his game.
Julius counters with a different perspective reflecting on the clear lack of hustle between whites and blacks on their team. Because of the dysfunction, Julius openly wonders why he should care for anybody other than himself. In response, Bertier tells Julius, "That's the worst attitude I have ever heard." It's in that moment, you wonder if Julius is going to clock Bertier, but Julius responds candidly and calmly putting the pressure back on Bertier. "Attitude Reflects Leadership, Captain." Bertier is left standing there with no words. It's as if he got hit by a...
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith;– 1 Corinthians 16:13
Be courageous; Be strong.
Life throws at us a lot of curve balls. A single day can be overwhelming. Even exhausting. Yet God reminds us to stay diligent in our faith and to take courage. He wants you to know that you are resilient. He wants you think of yourself as a warrior, prepared for battle. You are firm in your faith. You are courageous. You are strong.
Take a moment to think how you have endured to this point. What are the trials and tribulations that you have overcome? Now think about how adversity has made you stronger. What is the growth you’ve experienced? Finally, identify one thing will you do this year to stand firm in the faith.
My Trials and Tribulations:
One Thing I Will Do Today:
If you have a passion for personal growth or leadership, then let's stay connected. Occasionally, but not too often. I'll share helpful information and useful resources to encourage those on the breaking average journey.