You know this because you’ve overcome challenges before. Now you’ll repeat.
If there’s an individual word for how this coronavirus crisis feels, it’s this: interrupted .
Our lives are interrupted. Our companies are interrupted. Our plans have grown to be meaningless. It’s hard to assume just how we’ll recover.
But I’d like you to learn something: Interruptions aren’t endings. They’re the beginning of something new – and in the event that you embrace the change, the next matter will be better still.
I was reminded of the recently, as I read my colleague Terry Rice’s tale to be laid off through the recession. Things got bad. Bills were overdue, and his electricity was switched off. But he used his downtime well. He took classes on digital marketing and remade himself into a specialist. It resulted in the career he has – one that’s infinitely much better than the one he previously before.
Every entrepreneur includes a story such as this, and I’ve heard so most of them in the past couple of weeks. They launched their business after being let go, or after quitting, or after their prior company crashed and burned. “I’d do not have started what is a dream come true without having to be fired,” former TV news anchor Kate Sullivan explained. She produces and hosts a show called To Dine For. “Now I really like every second of what I really do.”
I’ve a similar story, actually. I began my career as a small-town newspaper reporter, and even though I hated the task, I stuck with it. I didn’t know very well what else to accomplish! Then, 1 day, I arrived to locate a letter from my boss. “I am providing you two weeks to persuade me you will be a secured asset to the newspaper,” he wrote, “rather than the detriment and drag on the newsroom which you have become.”
I’ve kept this letter for days gone by 17 years. Want to view it? Look!
Why did I keep this? Since it helped me realize something important: I had a whole lot of passion, nonetheless it wasn’t for that job, and I will never accept something I hate. THEREFORE I quit. I began plotting my career. I made new connections and built new skills. I am here, writing for you now, due to that interruption.
If you’re feeling down, or stalled, or lost, or simply unsure of what comes next, then let me recommend something: Look back all on your own life, and recognize your strength. I’m sure you have a tale such as this – of failing that resulted in something greater. You will be the product not only of fortune, but of stumbles and downsides as well as perhaps even tragedy. Your rise didn’t happen unintentionally. You turned things around because you are adaptable. You won’t stop.
In the event that you did it once, that can be done it again.
How do you know? Because I’ve seen it happen so often. I’ve talked to entrepreneurs who had nothing, and built enormous things, and I don’t think it’s a fluke. Actually, I simply interviewed Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson and his business partner, Dany Garcia – two different people who, years back, were struggling to determine their career paths. Johnson once literally had $7 to his name. Together, they found understand who these were, what they had to own world and, most of all, that they’d need to constantly adjust their plans to get there. “We aren’t mounted on process,” Garcia explained. “We are only mounted on outcome.”
Those will be the purest words in entrepreneurship. The road changes, so don’t even bother getting mounted on it. Just concentrate on the results.
Great people aren’t one-hit wonders. They are smart on the feet. They have instincts they don’t even recognize. & most important, they just continue. They learn, plus they adapt, plus they grow, plus they change, plus they build, plus they rebuild, plus they rebuild again, plus they don’t stop until it’s done… which, of course, it never is.
But isn’t that the fun of it?
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