|Fulfillment@Work: A SYMPHONY OF SETBACKS
September 9, 2001
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1. Coaching Tip: Exchanging Setbacks For Success
2. Feature Article: A Symphony Of Setbacks
3. Quotes of the Week
Exchanging Setbacks For Success
In this week's issue we will review how some world famous individuals and organizations used their setbacks to fuel lasting success by internalizing the following three principles:
- Achieving the desires of a lifetime requires an undying commitment well beyond what we think is possible or even reasonable.
- We know when we are committed enough to our dreams, whenever we finally achieve what we set out to do.
- Our willingness to commit until we conqueror determines if our life's "symphony of setbacks" ends on a high or a low note.
A Symphony Of Setbacks
Achieving the desires of a lifetime often requires an unquenchable spirit, sweat and energy-well beyond what we think is possible or even reasonable. These prerequisites culminate in one overriding quality-undying commitment. So how do we know when we are committed enough?
Easy, whenever we achieve what we set out to do as the individuals making up the melody for this five-part "symphony of temporary setbacks" so harmoniously demonstrate:
- Cyrus H.K. Curtis lost over $800,000 on the Saturday Evening Post before his initial investment even returned a measly $1 profit.
- Marathoner Joan Benoit underwent knee surgery only 17 days before the U.S. Olympic trials, her determination enabled her to not only make the team, but also to capture the first-ever Olympic gold medal for her event.
- The great Fran Tarkenton was told he was too small to be a quarterback, too slow on his feet and too weak to take the punishment. However, this young man from Georgia diehard efforts resulted in the longest running reign for a quarterback in NFL history.
- Michelangelo endured seven long years lying flat on his back on a scaffold to paint the Sistine Chapel.
- In 1902, the poetry editor of the Atlantic Monthly returned the work of a 28-year old poet with the following note: "Our magazine has no room for your vigorous verse." Robert Frost persevered.
We may never write legendary poetry, win Olympic gold, invent a new product or start a multimillion-dollar magazine-but whatever our dreams are, the willingness to commit until we conqueror will determine if our "symphony of setbacks" ends on a high or a low note.
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Quotes of the week
"To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself."
~ Soren Kierkegaard
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