All our life if there is one thing which we have been trained the most is to avoid adverse situations. All our training and coaching are done in such a way that we do all the things perfectly and in a calculated manner leaving little or no room for any adverse situation to occur, thus, adversity is the biggest evil to all of us which none of us want to face.
I believe in a different notion pertaining to adversity, it believes that it is very necessary for progress in human life and it is the prime reason why the world has progressed and come so far. Therefore, adversity needs not to be feared, rather it needs to be welcomed and all the training and preparation should be with the objective of overcoming the inevitable adversity and turning it into a favorable outcome.
The first example of opportunity rising out of adversity is the fire that was made by man to overcome the adversity of dark and cold. Try to imagine a world where the sun won’t go down, and none of us would have to face dark or cold. Therefore, if it weren’t for the adverse situation of dark and cold, man would have never carried on the fire which has contributed to almost every inch of progress made by man in making the world a better place. Thus, adversity is inevitable and instead of avoiding it, our focus should be on dealing with in a better way to bring about the opportunity it carries.
The point which I want to focus upon is that why is there an opportunity in adversity? A man from day one is a survivor and the prime reason why the human race has been able to make this far is because of its adaptability. Moreover, the other human factor that has made it possible for the human race to survive thus far is its will. Therefore, whenever, adversity occurs the adaptability and will of humans come into play and pertaining to the adverse situation humans either change or crush down adversity and rise to the other side in a better and stronger form.
When we humans face adverse situations, our adaptability lets us survive the situation and by the end, it turns into our favor. The prominent example of it can be seen in the form of all the plagues and diseases that have hit the human race over centuries. It is our persistence and the spirit of adaptation that has led us to fight these diseases and search for a cure with consistency. Thus, as a result, now the human race is healthier and safer.
Similarly, our strong will is what has helped us survive all the natural calamities and all the manmade and man-caused catastrophes. Every successful person you see in this world today or who has lived to pass has contributed to the human race because of fighting adversity with strong will, whether it’s the Wright brothers fighting the adversity of wind and human’s inability to fly, or its Edison fighting the adversity of dark and failure by inventing electric bulb after thousand attempts.
The point which I want to make is that all our training pertaining to adversity is in the wrong direction. Instead of focusing on ways to avoid adversity, we need to train ourselves and the generation to come to face adversity in a better way. As every cloud has a silver lining, similarly there is always the light of opportunity and hope at the end of the tunnel of adversity.
Now it’s Your Turn!
What’s your opinion about adversity? How do you think it has affected business? Do you agree that we need to face adversity instead of avoiding it? Share your comments and experiences with me and I look forward to your comments!