Adversity Breeds Success With Straight-A Strategy

My colleague John Marovich of the Bruno Event Team recommended the inspiring The Adversity Paradox: An Unconventional Guide to Achieving Uncommon Business Success by J. Barry Griswell, Horatio Alger Award Winner and Chairman of the Principal Financial Group, and senior manager expert Bob Jennings.

The book’s main point is that adversity can be a teacher and motivator for success. These times sure speak to the value of overcoming adversity.

Among many of the book’s great ideas and insights, Griswell and Jennings suggest a straight-A strategy to dealing with adversity, which includes acceptance, analysis, approach and right attitude. They then suggest tackling the process of self-improvement with a general dose of “and then some.”

Here’s their straight-A advice:

Accept whatever hardship has come your way. It’s tempting to avoid responsibility or negative consequences, but you won’t get anywhere with denial.

Analyze the situation so you can determine how to prevent the same mistake and so you can learn everything possible.

Approach the challenge with the right attitude, a positive frame of mind, and with the intent to make adversity your friend.

And then some. Harness the power of this strategy of doing the extra work that will differentiate and improve you.

How’s that for a simple and powerful approach to facing down and gaining from adversity? Good luck using it.