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Thoughts: - Bounce back from adversity

The writer is a testimony to overcoming adversity and encourages others not to let setbacks spoil their dreams. I am a testimony to resilience. If I can accomplish what I have in my career, having been brought to my knees again and again with disappointments, hurt feelings, health problems (being told I had little chance of recovering from cancer) along with other problems...Then YOU too, regardless of your current station in life or circumstances can rise again. All you have to do is reach inside and find the courage, strength, stamina, attitudes, self-belief, self confidence, faith in GOD, and rekindle your desire for what you believe you can do and will do. - SUE C. STIVERS
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By Sue C. Stivers
From May 2014, Chamber Insights

One of the critical skills for ongoing success is the ability to bounce back from adversity. Sooner or later in life everyone experiences failure, disappointment, setbacks or the lack of desire to keep on going on.

Yes, I have had failures as well as successes over the years. Just because you have failed, doesn't mean you are a failure. Just because you have achieved success doesn't make you a success. Many people have hit bottom, only to climb out and achieve greatness and many people have done great things only to end up broke, alone and without any lasting feeling of accomplishments.



Success and failure are neutral concepts. What makes either of them positive or negative in your life is not the event, circumstance or situation but what you do with them along the path of life. I have never net anyone who has had a life filled with nothing but failure or only one success after another.

Resilience is your ability to keep coming back, again and again and again. No matter how many times life throws you a curve or brings you to your knees, you try again...you try something new, something different, or something old in a new way. You refuse to give in or up.

Let me share with you a few ideas to consider when you feel like quitting.
  • It is temporary
  • You need it so you can learn a valuable lesson
  • You need to be softened by life
  • You need to rid yourself of some arrogance or ignorance
  • You need it so you can be an example for others
  • You need it so you can learn to live in the present
  • You need to grow in some area of your life
  • You need it so you can learn to laugh at yourself
  • You need it so you can learn to take life less seriously
I am a testimony to resilience. If I can accomplish what I have in my career, having been brought to my knees again and again with disappointments, hurt feelings, health problems (being told I had little chance of recovering from cancer) along with other problems...Then YOU too, regardless of your current station in life or circumstances can rise again. All you have to do is reach inside and find the courage, strength, stamina, attitudes, self-belief, self confidence, faith in GOD, and rekindle your desire for what you believe you can do and will do.

Every day I encourage people to...Hang onto your dream, no matter how it might seem to you. And, do not let others convince you that you can't do it, won't do it or shouldn't do it. Be true to yourself and your destiny. You have everything you need, right now, inside of you to carry on. All You have to do is do it! - Sue C. Stivers, Executive Director, Columbia/Adair County Chamber of Commerce


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