Friday, June 29, 2018

Keep Calm and Let the Storm Pass

This is something I learnt with some hard experience. I used to be a person who get overwhelmed easily when things go wrong. I have fall from bad to worse because I act aggressively and made wrong decisions in crisis situations. With the time and few hard lessons, I was able to overcome that mindset and to stay calm, carefully evaluate the situations to see opportunities and possible ways to overcome the negative impact.

There is an old management joke; I'll just repeat it here even though you can Google this. A little bird was flying south for the winter and fall down frozen. A cow went by put a dung on the bird. Bird felt the warmth of the dung and was happy. He started to sing for joy. A passing cat heard this sound and reached out to the bird. And he ate the bird. Three things were derived from this joke;

1. Not everyone that drop shit on you is your enemy
2. Not everyone that pull you out from shit is your friend
3. And when you are in deep shit, keep your mouth shut

This classic joke made really sense to me in many occasions in my life. In this hyperactive social media era, where you post every single moment in your life online, it's really important to understand the value of being calm and quiet in difficult times. When things are hot and messed up, take a step back, slow down and think through the situation. You will see the opportunities shining. Grab the opportunities and move on. It's all our mindset. I learned the art of being calm and quite on difficult situations and make right decisions to become more successful than before.

If I can do it, you can too.

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