More on Resilience with a Pivot
You may remember that this is another post on my series covering Resilience.
My most recent post discussed resilience and entrepreneurship while
the first one covered resilience’s value. My original plan was to dive
deeper into the entrepreneurial side of resilience, but as it often does, life
and circumstances have dictated that I go another direction. When I explain
more you will understand why.
During the past 2-3 weeks I have attended the funerals of a couple of people
I had gotten to know over the years. One passed away about 3 weeks ago and the
2nd passed a little over one week ago. To say that they are people I know is a
slight understatement. The individual who passed about 10 days ago was someone
I first met in 1978 while I was a sophomore at Murray State University where I
was embarking on my Sigma Chi pledgeship. This individual, Ken Haggard, was one
of my fellow pledge brothers. We got to know one another pretty well, as all
pledges do, and we were installed as members into Sigma Chi on January 19,
These two events have accelerated a process we all go through when we enter
certain stages of our lives. For me, I continue to think about the dynamic
tension between how much of my time I want to work in comparison with how much
time I will devote to my family. This has never been badly out of balance for
me, but I also realize that I have probably lived more to this point than I
will afterward, so I think about this more now than ever before.
Each of us becomes more resilient when we go through these types of experiences. It seems as I get closer to the 65th anniversary of my nativity that my resilience is getting a real workout these days. I constantly wonder if this increased capacity will provide more wisdom or perspective as I continue to age.
How has your decision process changed as you go through challenging times, both personally and professionally? How has your enhanced resilience aided you, or has it?
I am interested in hearing more. Tell me what you think…