In this edition of the Resilient Professional Podcast we talk about the Great Crossover, a key crossover point in life. You’ll also hear about fighting and slaying the dragons of resistance, why you should become a student of resiliency, and how Abraham Lincoln is a role model for Professional and Personal Resiliency that is still relevant today.
The Great Crossover – In life there is the reality of the great crossover – the intersection of age, energy and responsibility. Many professionals are unaware of the subtle but steady movement toward this crossover point. If there is no planning in advance, the result is their effectiveness professionally and personally is negatively impacted.
The Dragons of Resistance – The minute you set some goals or want to initiate change in your personal and professional life, the dragons of resistance appear with the intention of killing your dreams. Learn the importance of slaying these dragons every single day!
Lessons of Resilience – History is filled with men and women who exhibited amazing resilience during periods of change, and adversity. Abraham Lincoln’s life is an amazing example of someone using the principles of resiliency. In this podcast we unpack some of the principles he used.
Lincoln was a champion and he never gave up. Here is a sketch of Lincoln’s road to the White House:
1816 His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
1818 His mother died.
1831 Failed in business.
1832 Ran for state legislature – lost.
l832 Also lost his job – wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
1833 Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
1834 Ran for state legislature again – won.
1835 Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
1836 Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
1838 Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – defeated.
1840 Sought to become elector – defeated.
1843 Ran for Congress – lost.
1846 Ran for Congress again – this time he won – went to Washington and did a good job.
1848 Ran for re-election to Congress – lost.
1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state – rejected.
1854 Ran for Senate of the United States – lost.
1856 Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – get less than 100 votes.
1858 Ran for U.S. Senate again – again he lost.
1860 Elected president of the United States.
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