“Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.” Charles Caleb Colton
What do you do when hard times hit?
What do you do when something bad happens? I think of the people in Houston and now the people in Florida. Homes and businesses destroyed by something they had no control over. How are they going to respond?
- Give up – some will give up. They will pack what they can salvage, get caught up in self-pity or entitlement and wait for someone to come and bail them out of all their troubles. They will also complain because the bail out didn’t come soon enough or didn’t provide enough. They will look to others to solve their issues and when resolution comes if it isn’t what they like they will complain and get bitter and angry.
- Keep going – some will turn to friends and family for emotional and mental support as they pick up the pieces of their lives and start over. They will learn what there is to learn and move on. They might physically move or they might rebuild where they are. They will not quit, nor will they look for handouts. They won’t turn down help, but they won’t demand it either. They will be grateful for whatever help is offered and they will most likely go out of their way to help others.
- Some will turn to looting and robbery, or scams claiming to help they pocket all donations. Before giving money to any organization check out their rating at sites like www.charitynavigator.org or www.charitywatch.org
- Some of us will take time from our schedules or money from our funds and donate wisely. In this case, like those in the second group, these are people who allow the catastrophic to bring out the best. It becomes an opportunity for increased productivity and compassion.
Success comes not because we have it easy and there are no challenges. Success is created by those who look at what is going on around them and they get into motion. They use the hard times to make them better people and better business owners.
What hard times are you facing? Which group do you belong to? What will you do? Who will be in your support network? Whose support network are you part of? Want to be successful? Learn to face the hard times and see them as opportunities to grow and increase your productivity. Be the student in Life, not the quitter.
FYI: Charles Caleb Colton, 1780 – 1832 was an English author, collector and for a time a cleric. He left England to avoid the debt collectors, traveled throughout the United States, and returned to Paris. Although he won a great deal of money by gambling, he died a pauper. His most famous aphorism: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. “