“Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.” –Elvis Presley
I am in Nashville this week speaking for some professional groups and Belmont University…so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit nearby Memphis, and the home of the King of Rock n Roll, Graceland.
What struck me about all that I learned was the incredible tenacity and courage that this seemingly having-it-all-together star exhibited when faced with adversity throughout his life. True, he had a gift, and yet he also had many pains and stretches, multiple effects of his basic nervousness, and several stages when he thought his career was all but over.
But he persevered, and would always go to the next best version of himself…which outshined the last version.
Have whatever opinions you will about his life and eventual early demise, and yet he demonstrated a stick-to-it-iveness that courageously, and with much cold-sweat, brought out new Elvis after new Elvis to the world.
I ask myself, “How am I bringing my newest, best version of myself out all the time, beyond the fears of stagnation and obsolescence?” “What might be possible if I have a dream that takes me further than where I’ve been?” “What might be possible past my past?”
“Every time I think that I’m getting old, and gradually going to the grave, something else happens.” –Elvis Presley
DARRELL W. GURNEY, Executive/ Career Coach and 20-year recruiting veteran, supports people at all levels to make fulfilling and profitable career transitions. His first book, Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters, was winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book by the Association for Women in Communications and was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. His newest book, Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, has been endorsed by bestselling thought leaders such as Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner. A personal and business brand strategist, Darrell’s Stealth Method of networking has helped folks expand their reach within both careers and new client circles. He speaks, leads workshops, and is a media expert on subjects such as recruiting, networking, and finding one’s passion. He was recently named Networking Expert for BeyondB-School.com and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.
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