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Every day we hear of the negative, the bad, the misery that can be life’s story, just take look at todays headlines…
If you run a business I guarantee you there will be days that “suck”; there is no way around it, this is life. In the past twelve months my team and I at Career Agents Network have provided support to business owners who have faced house fires, floods, cancer, heart attacks, deaths in their families, divorce you name it I have seen it take a toll on business owners.
True as it is that life at times can be less than easy…there is more to the story. There are the incredible stories of the resilience and ability for people to bounce back, especially entrepreneurs! For me it is more than amazing how many I know that bounce back from tremendous adversity. Especially note worthy are three of my entrepreneur “girlfriends”, two that have battled cancer, and one that lost her very young husband to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. All three had more than their fair share of challenges in 2009 and all have pulled through and are looking forward to a better year in 2010!
As I approach my birthday and do the quick inventory of the past year, good and bad, I am inspired by these three, for they hold the critical truths to persevering through good and bad times. What did they all do when the statement “life sucks” defined their lives? What can we learn from them?
- Support Networks Matter: All three of my friends have shared with me how important the support from others both personally and professionally has been to them pulling through. They were all well connected to many other positive people, they were regular contributors to others and when they needed help their “networks” were there for them. At some time life will suck for us all, build your support network before you need them.
- Planning: Another common thread amongst those that bounce back is their ability to assess what is going on, put it into perspective and develop a plan to do what they can, when they can. Being able to plan toward the future is a strategy that worked for them all, it allowed them to put their struggles in “bins” focus on the task at hand finish it and then go back to dealing with their struggles. This seemed to be very important as they all pushed their businesses forward while struggling personally.
- White Page Perspective: My friends were also great at letting go of what was not as important. They all mastered the art of starting over, taking a fresh look at what they need to get done and how they would accomplish the goals at hand. Starting with a white page allowed them all to move forward into the new year.
“A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.” ~Larry Bird