Thriving through the storm

It has been said that “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” How do you take the tough times you face in life? Do you take them as stumbling blocks or opportunities? Do you let them propel you or stop you? Do you just go through them or grow through them? Your reaction during tough times can make you either thrive or die. Which do you choose?

In my reading of books, journals, magazines and listening to videos of some of the people you might define as successful in the world today, it has become clear to me that they all succeeded from unclear circumstances. When others would have chosen to stop, they chose to keep going. They took each failure as a lesson and an opportunity to work harder and smarter. They took hate and negative criticism as a motivation to move forward. They took crisis as opportunities to offer solutions and in the process built empires.

The power to thrive is therefore within you. It is in the decisions you make every day as you face different occurrences in life. One thing is inevitable though, HARD WORK. Thomas Edison said “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Tough times require one moving against the wave not sitting back and waiting on luck. We forget that what people call luck is a combination of two things: opportunity + preparedness. “I find that the harder I work the more luck I seem to have”, Thomas Jefferson. “There is no luck. It’s simply preparation meeting the moment of opportunity. There is no luck without you being prepared to seize that opportunity”, Oprah Winfrey.

One thing should therefore be clear; that to thrive, you have to work hard. You have to work harder each day than you think you did yesterday. It’s not about being gifted. Successful people succeed on purpose. “The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there”, Vince Lombardi.

Author: Wanjiru Kaburu

By definition, I am self- driven, reliable, assiduous, committed, keen, inspiring, creative and a strategic thinker. I am zealous in influencing action and bringing about transformation and impact. I possess strategic management knowledge and skills, brand management skills, organization skills, writing and communication skills, cognitive skills and I am a person of integrity. I have been involved in various ways officially and unofficially as a strategic management and change agent. I am a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree holder and currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration (Strategic Management Option) degree. I am not actively involved in the technical aspects of Information Technology but the knowledge gained through the degree helps me understand the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) concept and champion technology for change. I am also an outstanding content developer. I look to use my interest and passion in corporate image management and strategic management in changing the view and perspective of things, corporations and individuals for sustainable change. Every day to me is an opportunity to learn, grow and influence action.

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