Prepare For The Unexpected.

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Prepare For The Unexpected.

Encourager-In-Chief: June 9th, 2021

Are you resourceful?

While conducting a webinar yesterday, one of the participants, who was a US veteran, made a comment about recovering from a loss. He said that one of the lessons he learned in the service was that you have to learn to improvise, adapt, and overcome. This was a great reminder of how necessary those skills are to any business owner.

So, how resourceful are you? When the unexpected takes place, are you thrown by it or do you thrive on the opportunity presented before you? One of the best aspects of the movie, Diehard, is watching the hero—a police officer visiting his wife’s office building on Christmas Eve while it’s being taken over by Eastern European terrorists—learn to improvise on the fly with what he has available to him. We all need to do this in order to stay successful. Innovation is much more prominent these days than invention. Sometimes, it just takes a few tweaks to create a great new offering for your clients.

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Adaptability is one of the greatest gifts of the human intellect. It requires that we change based on the circumstances in which we find ourselves. The other option is to change the circumstances more to our liking. It’s the reason why so many medical breakthroughs take place on the front lines during wartime. When we are faced with life and death situations, and we have less than adequate resources, we learn to adapt based on what we have on hand and the urgency of the situation. This is a great skill for business owners who may be running low on supplies or inventory while dealing with an unexpected boom.

Every entrepreneur who ever got into business has had to learn how to overcome obstacles, setbacks, disappointments, and challenges. For many of us, it’s what we looked forward to when we started our business. We learn from our struggles to grow stronger and solve problems. That creates wisdom and experience. It is our responsibility to face our challenges and overcome them through commitment, patience, trial and error, and courage.

When times get tough, get tougher. You didn’t get as far as you have without facing adversities. Just know that the more you improvise and adapt, the better you will get at innovating.

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You are allowed to be surprised once. After that, you’re unprepared.
- – John Maxwell

((This excerpt is taken from The Leadership Academy.) I encourage you to register for this great 5-part series starting October 5, 2021 at the Comfort Suites in Manheim, PA and on Zoom. )

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