Adversity and The Silver Lining

Why the worst thing that happened to you could be the best thing that happens to you. “Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.” – Lou Holtz

Everyone faces defeat at some point in their lives. Sometimes you’re celebrating in the end zone and sometimes you are the one taking a knee on the field in utter devastation.

Someone once said to me “If you’ve never been sued, well then you’re just not trying hard enough.” Not so fun to hear that in the middle of a lawsuit, but in retrospect, it’s true. In these crazy times, anyone with a passion for their work and a desire to cast a wide net will eventually meet with disagreement from someone else.

I myself had a recent year of several setbacks all occurring simultaneously that I thought would never end. Guess what? They did. And so many great things came out of the combination of challenges that in retrospect, I am glad I was able to learn from them. Things I never would have explored. Clients and new friends I never would have met. To this point, every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit. Your job is to see that and capitalize on it.

Adversity is a fact of life. You will encounter setbacks and, whether or not it feels like it at the time, you will continue to grow. Your resilience continues to strengthen. Prior to my own recent adversities, minor disagreements would cause me to lose sleep. Now, it takes A LOT for me to even bother my attorney with an issue.

I know a lot of entrepreneurs and business owners out there that are losing sleep right now facing some sort of trial or tribulation. Now is not the time to punt. Regardless of the crisis you may find yourself in, try a new way of thinking of your adversities. Sit back and reflect on what they have to teach you and how those experiences will bring you new perspectives that will make you even more successful in the end.