A survey of 400 executives who had made it to the top of their profession compared 400 others who didn’t fare as well. Education wasn’t the key factor as high school drop-outs were running companies and MBA’s were running into dead-ends. People at the top should have been older but that wasn’t the case. Technical skills and other criteria were also examined.
The one core value the study discovered that distingushed these people who made it from those who didn’t: PERSEVERANCE.
Everyone has adversity—personal, professional and health related. It’s part of life. How we understand it and meet it, what we make of it and what we permit it to take from us—our dignity, self-respect and confidence and give to us are determined by our mental models and habits, our internal strength and faith. To survive adversity, we must learn to deal with it and heal ourselves. All adversity is not negative; it can be a positive challenge, although I admit it never feels like it when we face it. Adversity and how we respond to it defines who we are…it’s a great measure of our character. When life’s good and the world’s in tune with us, it’s easy to have a positive attitude. But when life gives us some lemons, a bigger question is how do we measure up and stand up to the challenge? An Asian proverb suggests, “When fate throws you a dagger, there are only two ways to catch it, either by the blade or the handle.”
“Little minds are subdued by misfortune…Great minds rise above them.” Washington Irving, writer.
The will to survive is based on the will to win. Absent the will to win, people often give-up and give-in. When literally fighting for your life, the winnng is everything. Adversity can make you better or bitter. like everything in life, it too is a choice.