Thomas Edison was at home eating dinner. A man burst into his home, interrupting him. He had bad news. His research facility was on fire. Now how would you imagine Edison to react? Do you imagine Edison panicking or do you hear him screaming out “Why me?” or is he deeply distraught or do you see him in deep agony?
None of these happened. Edison requested his son to go and get his mother. It seems, Edison excitedly told his son, “She’ll never see a fire like this again.” Naturally, Edison’s son thought his father had lost his mind, and rightfully so. All of Edison’s experiments, things that could never be replicated, were inside his laboratory, burning to the ground.
“Don’t worry. It’s all right,” Edison said calmly, “All my mistakes and a lot of unnecessary rubbish have just got burnt.” In this, Edison revealed the true nature of his attitude – choosing to love your fate, no matter what.
Not only was he “NOT broken-hearted”, he was revitalized. Despite losing over $1 million at the age of 67 in that fire, he persevered and made over $10 million thereafter. WOW!
The power that we have in life by accepting our fate is so immense that you feel nothing is impossible for you. You believe that everything has a purpose and that it is up to you to make this purpose something positive and active.
As entrepreneurs, we too might face such situations in our lives. We might come across challenging times In our business.
Maybe you lost your biggest deal.
Maybe someone cheated you of your entire life’s earnings.
Maybe your trust was broken with impunity.
Maybe the person you love the most is facing a life-threatening disease.
Maybe someone ill-treated you.
The challenge of your life may be considerable and inescapable.And yet you’re given the choice to greet it with a smile. And then, act.
The goal of this article is not to make you feel “okay” or even “good” when terrible things happen. It’s to make you feel GREAT irrespective of what happens. If it happened, then it was meant to happen. You are meant to make the best of it.
It is unnatural, I know, to feel calmness when faced with calamities. But see it this way. It is fuel for you to push harder when you felt lost. It is fuel for you to work harder when you want to quit. It is fuel for you to think big when nothing was going right. It is fuel for you to smile when all you want to do is a frown.
As entrepreneurs, we would face similar challenges and it’s our ability to bounce back when everything is down which brings out the superstar entrepreneur in us to achieve things in life. Learn to love whatever is happening with you and remain upbeat about any given situation we may face across.
To conclude as our beloved mentor T.I.G.E.R. Santosh Nair would say “No one has any existential value if our thoughts, words & deeds are not transformative”.
Learn to love your fate and be a possibility thinker for life and make things happen irrespective of the situation.
This article is contributed by T.I.G.E.R. Prashant Iyer -Vice President, Strategic Alliance (Mumbai) along with the social team of smmart.