In Asia, bamboos abound. In the place where I grew up, bamboos grow everywhere.
We always equate bamboo with resilience in the context of stormy winds, hurricanes, strong rains and floods. It is very strong but it's strength doesn't come from resisting those natural forces but being able to bend but not break. Once the storm is over, these bamboos could snap back to its form, no problem.
For businesses people and executives suffering from small crisis to big upheavals, how is your resilience level? Do you snap back after a personal crisis, a sickness, losing a loved one, losing a job, getting fired, or just an unexpected turn of events in your life and career? These crises are catastrophic and any person can be physically, emotionally, and psychologically debilitated by these events.
Take note, resilience doesn't mean you don't feel pain or suffer from it. It just means that you can recover from any challenges quickly and become a better person in the process. It means taking all the challenges as fuel for the next level of personal growth and accomplishment. It means owning up your part of the problem without assigning blame, feeling resentment, and being bitter about the situation.
When we bend, we don't break. We let things go, things that we cannot control and let it takes its own course. The bending is for our betterment and this is not a sign of cowardice or timidity or weakness, but a sign of wisdom and great sense of balance and inward strength. As the cliché goes, 'this too shall pass.'
What do you think?
What can you say of a person that tries to lose more monies in a bad deal? It starts with S and ends with D.
In the face of overwhelming evidence that the deal, business, venture, or enterprise is doomed to fail, why it's even possible that more resources are being invested to it?
Is it wishful thinking, or losing face, or not looking bad in the eyes of the neighbors? Is it about pride? Is it about bad data or bad analysis? Is it about fear of facing the reality or consequences? It is about not accepting that it failed?
Regardless, it is a bad idea to pour money over bad money.
The logic of the day is to cut your losses and run! But when people stubbornly refuse to let go of a failed venture, and turned a blind eye on reality, it is more emotional than anything logical at this point.
You can teach a person to become logical about decision-making but you can't teach a person to be honest with himself.
Being authentic starts from within.
A lot of businesses, ventures, initiatives, projects do not even get implemented. They were trashed even before they were tried and tested.
People who have tried at least can examine and explore the courage that they have. No amount of preparation can really prepare you to all the things that you will encounter when it hits reality.
At least the courage that you developed will be something that will help you build that muscle to create, dream, and fulfill those things that you want to happen in your business, life, and career.
Taking the initial step is very important. Being self-absorbed will not get you learn faster from your mistakes and initial 'oops.' Postponing action is the worst that can happen, when inaction is more convenient but potentially lethal to what you want to accomplish.
Failing to try is the worst of all. Give yourself the chance to learn, adapt, and manage the complexities of your endeavor, before you have the right to throw in the towel. But for some, giving up is not an option.
It is all up to you.
No matter how good you are, how best you are in your field, if you are not evolving and learning everyday, your business, organization, or skillset will hit atrophy and will fall by the wayside of the fast-evolving marketplace.
The market is as brutal as it is. It does not care if you are bankrupt, or starving or needing affirmation. It only wants the best that you can offer. The kind of service, product, skills, and talent that the market can appreciate and pay.
Will you be those that will be take waves when the market is at the peak or those that wait until the innovation has plateaued and you become the laggards and late bloomers? Do you take innovation by the horn and say "we will innovate now before we get disrupted?" or say " let's take our time, we are fine right now and there is no need to rock the boat?". The latter are the words of doom. It spells trouble in the long term for the convenience of the present.
Evolve or disappear in the marketplace. That is how tough you need to play because the market does not wait for anybody to be convinced. It is there for the taking for those that are smart, nimble, aware, and ever-present of opportunities and challenges. They ride on the crest of what is possible.
Do not be complacent about where you are in your career. It is not at ticket to a great retirement or a way to pat yourself that life has been good. It can change anytime and only disrupted workers are bitter workers. If you have to end it well, end it on your terms. The way to live to is to have plans for the next steps. Nothing is so stable now that cannot be moved.
The new Saskatchewan bridge has fallen.
There was something completely wrong here when a newly constructed bridge collapsed a few hours after it just opened. The construction tendering system is completely perverse. They low-ball anything to the point that quality suffers in the name of the price. And who cares about safety and quality when the best friend of the mayor or the councilor or the favored contractor gets the project.
And of course, rural politicians are not the best judge of construction work, more so competent and professional enough to decide on the award. The local politics get in the way of competent service to the community.
Well, the human race has built the tallest buildings in the world, the largest submarines, and the biggest and baddest airplane without a major construction defect. A small rural functioning bridge is not impossible to have.
Incompetency has to be stamped out. The reason why there are bad contracts and bad work in a public agency is that management failed to act based on integrity, due diligence, and utmost professionalism in these cases. And this patronage system festers for years until something major like this happens.
Firing somebody is palliative. An overhaul of the bidding system is required.
Voters, are you there?
My goal of winning this year is not just a matter of scoring few assignments. Don’t get me wrong. I would love to have those assignments to keep me busy for the last quarter of the year. A great kick-off for next year’s work actually. But yet, the consistency of my work has to be there, day in and day out, in bad and in good weather, in slow times and in fast times.
This consistency is what I would like to celebrate and further strengthen. This is not the goal itself but looking at what I have done since January, I am pretty set up for a more disciplined and targeted approach to acquiring the kind of business that I want for the next five years.
To the organizations, individuals, and companies that are putting in the right effort and the right strategy to use to achieve their goals, hang in there. Michael Angelo painted the Sistine Chapel. It took him a long time but each time, he was getting closer to his “ Obra Maestra.” Your work of art will not be an overnight success.
Nobody is an overnight success. Their discovery is an overnight success but their journey from zero to getting there is never done overnight. Show me one and I will prove to you in million times over that it was never what it appeared to be. Easy on the outside, difficult on the inside.
There is a lot of pruning that needs to happen on a daily basis. Discarding those that no longer suited you or have become irrelevant in your life is important. You do get sidelined sometimes but as long you keep your goals in the frame of your mind, it will stay as priorities.
Eliminating things that no longer fit your own frame of mind and future you have set for yourself is crucial. Those are beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes that are self-limiting. It tends to slow you down and its weight will make you paralyze from inaction. Some of these are good for when you were younger and have those conditions that are sort of set for you by your parents, school, etc. But you have evolved as part of maturity. A 42-year-old person will no longer afford to just ” go with the flow.”
The winning behavior, attitudes, and beliefs will increase your traction, create the change that is balanced and sustained, and set you for the long-term achievements to come.
What elements in your life can you discard, retain, and accept as part of your winning formula?