American football player Knute Rockne said this: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
When floods or Tsunamis cause a havoc, we have seen people rising to the occasion and providing help. What about the people who are affected? What do we learn from them? We will get to that in a bit.
Robert H. Schuller explains a true story from a village called Idaho in his book “Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do!”
Story now: Idaho has potato farmers. As you may know, potatoes are priced according to their sizes. The big potatoes are priced high, then the medium ones & the smaller ones are priced low. They are first sorted, bagged and only then loaded on to trucks.
Farmers spent a lot of time and effort in grading the potatoes those days. But not one farmer.
People asked him how does he manage it. He said he took the roughest road to the town. And naturally, the big potatoes rise to the top, medium potatoes land in the middle & the small ones fall to the bottom.
Schuller says this is not only true to potatoes but a law of life. If you are tough, you will rise to the top.
The rough road has to end at some point. And it will.
Coming back to the lessons from a natural disaster, people get really tough. They are forced to become tough to sail through. Their mindset is tough. How shall I explain? They think they can achieve anything. Nothing is an obstacle for them. And their bodies naturally adapt.
Sales is tough. Get tough to sail through.
Some ideas to get tough, from Robert Schuller:
- Dare to dream.
- Commit yourself to it.
- Dare to try and to take risk.
- Failure is an event and not a person.
- Never quit. Never ever.
- Hold on for a little more time.
- Inspire others.
- Beginning is half done.
- Pay the price. Full price.
- Practice Possibility Thinking: Never reject an idea / a possibility because –
- you see something wrong
- you won’t get the credit
- it’s impossible
- your mind is already made up
- it’s illegal
- you don’t have the money, manpower, muscle, or time to achieve it
- it will create conflict
- it’s not your way of doing things
- it might fail
- it’s sure to succeed [What? yes some people are so humble that they don’t want to succeed]
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