“Whoa,” said Nico as he climbed off the bus.
“Is that a climbing wall?”
“Yeah,” I (Percy) said.
“Why is there lava pouring down it?”
“Little extra challenge…” – Percy”
–Rick Riordan, The Titan’s Curse
If it was all fun and games, we’d all be having fun and games.
Yet there is adversity and challenge in the pursuit of anything great. Heck, there’s even adversity and challenge in the pursuit of anything small!
So, the question is, if it’s coming down the pike anyway, how do we want to play: great, or small.
When my son was little, he had on his bookshelf “the Little Me and THE GREAT ME”, one of those classic children’s books…written for adults.
We always have the choice of which “me” we’re gonna be.
One thing I’ve noticed is that often the greatest adversity carries with it, on the other side, something really cool that, in retrospect, could be seen as serendipity…good fortune.
The challenge is to face that adversity right now as THE GREAT ME who will, undoubtedly (if we’re focused on it), find the serendipity in it all later.
Tieing the former to the latter can help. And maybe that’s where the real fun and games begin.
“Embrace each challenge in your life as an opportunity for self-transformation.” –Bernie S. Siegel
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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