Category Archives: Adversity

5 Lessons From a Massive West Coast Rip Tide

Have you ever been caught in a rip tide? On the eve of my 30th birthday, I was living the good life on the beach in Southern California.  My wife surprised me by inviting a close group of my friends out West to commemorate the big occasion.  It was glorious! After a spirited night of celebrating,  a… Read More »

“We’ll Be There For You On Your Worst Day”

Life is not a solo act.  It’s a collaboration with people who will support us in times of strife”–William Butler Yeats My good friend’s son is going through the college football recruiting process.  He is a big, athletic player in huge demand from several reputable programs.  For the most part, it has been an incredibly humbling… Read More »

“I Got Nowhere Else To Go!”

In the 1982 film, “An Officer and a Gentleman”, Richard Gere plays Zach Mayo, a Navy brat with a dysfunctional past.  Zach tries to make something of his life by enlisting in the grueling, 13-week Navy Aviation Officer Training School.  It is his best shot to prove other people wrong and live his own dream. But a brutal… Read More »

Embracing the Monster

Courage is the foremost of all virtues. –Winston Churchill Is there anything better than the family beach vacation?  Sun. Sand. Surf. Spike Ball.  Extended Happy Hours.  All our minor troubles seem to melt away in the salt air and suntan lotion. But for my youngest daughter, last week’s trip to the beach entailed staring down a monster. She desperately wanted… Read More »

Are You Ready To Climb Back Into the Arena?

  On April 24, 1910, exactly 107 years ago today, President Theodore Roosevelt delivered one of his most powerful speeches and set the tone for resiliency in all of us. President Roosevelt was speaking to a large crowd at the Sorbonne in Paris.  In many ways, it was a standard diplomatic address, praising the people of France… Read More »

How Routine is Your Routine?

Good ol’ Merriam-Webster defines the word routine as “a habitual or mechanical performance of an established procedure”.  Doesn’t exactly channel inspiration and creativity, does it?  Oftentimes, we associate routine with boredom, drudgery, and dullness.  Routines lack charisma.  Routines fail to motivate.  Routines wreak of stunted growth and deflated dreams.  But how many of us came off our year-end… Read More »

The Big Cat Walks Late

There is a saying in poker (at least in our poker group) that has special meaning for the Resilient Worker: “The Big Cat Walks Late”.  What exactly does this mean?  There will be times, early in the night, when fortune may not be smiling upon you.  Despite great strategy and decent cards, you may not win a single hand.  Your frustration mounts… Read More »

Why the Struggling Butterfly Matters

If you scroll through enough motivational material (guilty!), you are bound to come across the story of the Struggling Butterfly.  As legend has it, a man walked out of his house one day and spied a huge cocoon in the bushes in his yard.  Day after day, the man watched the cocoon, hoping for some sign… Read More »

Free Will and the Power of Choice

One of the greatest blessings in our life is free will.  Think about it.  We wake up in the morning and have the freedom to do whatever we want that day.  With the major responsibilities in our lives, it may not always feel that way.  But it is absolutely true.  On a daily basis, there… Read More »

Find Your Signature Loss!

In the sports world, struggling teams are constantly searching for that “signature win” to help put them back on the right track.  A great victory against a quality opponent will allow that team to gain much-needed confidence and turn their season around.  Most importantly, it will help erase the sting of the previous losses.  In the same… Read More »