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Many years ago I read somewhere and I’m paraphrasing; It’s OK to lose few battles. All that matters is, you win the war. This is a great mindset to have during challenging times.
The greatest military generals have lost battles but won the war. When you face a setback; ask yourself “Am I ready to stand up again and fight till I win?”.
“Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood” is the fifth habit in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen Covey. I think, it one of the key habit to build trust and relationship.
How many times have we done the opposite? Quite a lot. One such way to develop this habit is to deliberately practice empathetic listening.
Action step of the day is to genuinely listen and seek to understand their perspective.
Two years ago, I watched a TED talk by Jia Jiang on the power of rejection and lessons that could be learned from it. It was one of the most inspiring TED talks ever. Jia talks about the benefits of rejection and in that process how genuine and caring people are. If you haven’t come across the TED talk then I highly recommend you watch it.
There’s a saying, “When God closes a door, he opens a window”. If you think about, it’s true. It all comes down to how you take the “closed door” scenario. One can moan about how times are tough or made redundant is unfair and stuff like that. But, the masters who win the game in life are the one who does not hold back to explore and reinvent themselves. They seize the day. If they do not find an opportunity, then they create one!
A philosophical concept that teaches endurance of pain or hardship without the display of feelings and without complaint. Just think about the previous sentence.
How can you not show suffering or complain when things are not working out? Apparently, when you learn how to endure pain and hardship; you become resilient and unstoppable.
I first heard about this concept from Ryan Holiday and his best-selling book, The Obstacle is the Way. Ryan followed it up with another great book Ego is the Enemy. I highly recommend these two books. Give it a read and let me know your thoughts.