“It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.”
– Carlton Fisk
Most people, if they devote the right effort and time, can achieve a goal. But successful people overcome problems, obstacles or other things in their way more so than those that just achieve. Overcoming things tests us in various ways. It can be physically or emotionally straining or a combination of both. It can test us at our limits. But being able to overcome any and all challenges only makes you a better human being. Certainly, it doesn’t feel that way in the moment, but it does make you better,
I had to overcome a lot in my career, the biggest was the lack of trust and disrespect I experienced. And despite these issues, I was able to find a way to maintain and actually better myself and continue to achieve my goals. I could have balled up into the fetal position so many times and just given up. Not cared. Just kept repeating the same cycle that was failing us and the business. But I refused to do so.
And with that I grew my part of the business, achieved the revenue goal six months into the year, achieved a team score of 90% on the employee engagement survey and developed a solid training program for our employees, all while overcoming a toxic culture, lack of direction and employees with mental illnesses.
That is the difference, I overcame a lot to ultimately succeed. And that boosted my self confidence. If I could handle all of those issues and still achieve my goals, I could do that for myself and others in a more positive environment. And here I am, helping others doing the same!