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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Snatching Success from the Jaws of Defeat...

Sometimes it feels like our world is collapsing, nothing is working and we begin to lose hope...
"sometimes the message to change has to be so powerful that we have no choice but to take notice...

 If something is working - don't fix it...

The danger here is that complacency and "comfort" sets in, and that's when we become vulnerable.
In the town of Enterprise, Alabama, USA there is a monument to an insect - the Boll Weevil...
Picture Credit - www.animal-kid.com
The Boll Weevil appeared in Alabama around 1915, and by 1918 local farmers were losing whole crops of cotton the the voracious creature..
Businesses were being wiped out. During this time, in 1916 to be precise, Mr H.M Sessions realised that something needed to be done.
So instead of giving in to what was destined to be the end of prosperity in the area, he decided to plant a peanut crop instead.
The project worked, in fact it worked so well that increased income and prosperity was brought to the town of Enterprise; more than was experienced through the growing of cotton..
In 1919, in recognition of the cause of this prosperity, Bon Fleming commissioned a monument; not to H.M Sessions - but to the small Beetle that had created the chaos in the first place and been the catalyst for change and improved prosperity...
Recognising and rewarding those that challenge us and "force" us to be the best versions of ourselves we can be is one of the best ways of accepting, accommodating and adjusting to life's twists and turns. 
When we are grateful not only for our success, but the challenging opportunities that come our way from time to time; only then are we truly abundant...

Who do you need to build a monument to...?

The Chinese word for Crisis is made up of two parts - Danger and Opportunity. When a crisis arrives - there is always an opportunity that can be derived out of the danger that may be more apparent...
Instead of dreading a crisis, or panicking in the face of adversity, look for the opportunity for change, growth and development that it also brings. Don't resent or hate those that impose change upon you, or bring challenges to your life and business.
Instead treat them as teachers and bringers of gifts; thank them and reward them, build a monument to them and recognise that sometimes, although the lesson is painful; it is equally beneficial too...

I have a few people that I could build monuments to; I didn't feel gratitude and warmth toward them at the time, but in reality some of the best lessons are bitter to the taste...

Here's one of mine...

As a young Operations Manager, I refused to sign a set of accounts because I believed them to be incorrect - so the Chairman fired me for insubordination.
I thought that my life and career was over - but what happened was that I changed direction, found a new job with another company in a different sector and that single change was pivotal in bringing me to my current place in life - one which I am truly happy and content with...

So my Statue will be of that Chairman - he is my Boll Weevil...

 

About David Holland MBA - Underwater Welding Dip...

I work with Business Owners, Executives and their Teams to:
✔ Make more Money in their Business...
✔ Build Effective and Productive Teams...
✔ Work Less Hours and enjoy the Journey...
✔ Grow Sales, Profit and Cash...
✔ Achieve more than they think is possible...
To find out more about how I can help you, send me a connection request on LinkedIn, or send me a message if we are already connected

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