During World War II, Winston Churchill was asked how a person can be successful. He replied, “The pessimist sees the problems in every opportunity; whereas the optimist sees the opportunity in every problem.”
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Optimists are great to be around because they create energy just from the good news of opportunity. The pessimist sees problems from every possible attempt to make things happen. Should you consider the possibility of putting both on your team of advisors? That was the strategy used by Abe Lincoln during his presidency to fight a difficult war.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Major decisions are made most difficult when they are made in isolation, but isn’t it just as difficult a process to see all the possibilities by yourself ? There is bias that creeps in and skews results. Trust yourself to pick a team of people. The Marine Corp calls out “Semper Fidelis” to remind their team to stay true to the mission and to each other. In time of battle, their lives depend on it.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out–
A benefit from creating a team for job search purposes is the shared responsibility of supporting you in locating your next job. The team may not understand you but they share in their desire for your goal. Doubt and fear of the future events do not have the same effect on a group as it does on an isolated individual. Though there may be doubt there will also be great excitement that comes with new possibilities; a new job, more money, better business opportunities, or personal growth. America was founded by people coming from all over the world seeking for these very same things; and they are stilling coming.
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit. (Poem “Don’t Quit”)
Get up my friend. Stress remains when you give up, there is negative self-talk that comes with running from difficulty, there is unhappiness in letting yourself down, but there is pride from the satisfaction that comes with accomplishment when you overcome great difficulty. Don’t quit!
Deb Bryan has 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. She has a passion for writing and Toastmasters International.
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