Being Resilient

Often we can achieve an even better result when we stumble yet are
willing to start over, when we don’t give up after a mistake,
when something doesn’t come easily but we throw ourselves into trying,
when we’re not afraid to appear less than perfectly polished.
Sharon Salzberg


When successful people tell their story it is quite common to hear that a turning point was when they were fired from a job, had a major failure or experienced a devastating personal loss. For example, Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse and started his own studio after returning home feeling defeated when he lost his one big contract.

A friend’s father attributes his successful career as a doctor to having to learn to walk again after suffering from polio as a child. Then he suffered a stroke in his 80’s and had to learn to walk again. His gait wasn’t perfect as an adult and his walking was awkward after the stroke, but he never hesitated to take center stage.

There are so many of these stories of resiliency but the part that particularly strikes me in this quote is “not afraid to appear less than perfectly polished.” How often do you have a great idea, a useful article, a beautiful painting or an important presentation and don’t move forward because it is less than perfect? Sometimes smart people have a hard time pulling the trigger because they can always see ways to improve what they’ve done and want it perfectly polished. Don’t wait for perfection. What will it take for you to “go live” with what you have to offer? Do it!

Money Saving Tip

saving moneyIf you’re thinking of stopping at a restaurant or picking up fast food, stop at the supermarket food bar instead. You can make a great salad and get a main dish and veggies for less money and still have the convenience of not cooking and shopping.


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