Barbara Corcoran, Entrepreneur, and one of the sharks of ABC’s “Shark Tank” once said “Opportunity can hide in the worst situations. Finding Opportunity is a matter of believing it’s there.” Most of us have faced adversity at one time or another. Some of us have faced greater hardships than others. The difference in the hardships is often how we deal with them and persevere. Individuals do not know what we have been through until we open our hearts and minds and share our stories of hardship. Some will crumble under the pressure of hardships and others will shine through the tunnel of darkness like a diamond.
I have faced quite a bit of adversity in life, but I try to not let it stop me. If I did I would not be getting past the adversity and hard times. One fellow phenomenal lady who has triumphed over adversity is Angela T. Jones, CEO and Media Entrepreneur of Super Woman Productions & Publishing, LLC. I spoke with Angela about her successes and how women can overcome adversity. “A lot of times people are afraid to fail. Sometimes out of fear we do not take the steps needed to follow our dreams and passions. As women we should try and be proud because we tried. You never know what you can accomplish until you try. When it comes to adversities things are meant to strengthen us and not meant to break us. Some things are a test and not meant to stop us. The strongest person takes the most adversity. We have to be the strength. Jones stresses that we cannot control life, but we can control the way we react to it. Angela is a true picture of inspiration, resilience, and has a beautiful personality that shines through in everything she does.
Author Scott Dinsmore discusses How to Find Life-Changing Opportunity in the Worst Situation. The article really hits home and starts out by discussing why individuals do not pursue their dreams and the first reason he lists is fear. Fear is a very real emotion and can keep people from pursuing their dreams and passions. Fear can come in many forms, but some of the main concerns people have with following their passions is the possibility that they may not make enough money, lose their current job, or they may fail trying to follow their dreams. The truth is that these possibilities may happen. So a decision needs to be made: Do we let fear keep us in one place or do we overcome that fear in the hopes that we might actually be happy if we pursue our wildest dreams. Everyone has a choice and the choice is up to YOU to overcome those fears and get down to business.
In Why Life’s Hardships Are Inspirations Cloaked in Disguise, author Muyen Peng offers some excellent tips on dealing with hardships and why they are sometimes the gateway to greater things in life. Peng suggests that life’s adversities are really good opportunities in disguise and when we stop the ‘pity party,’ then we will really begin to thrive and grow. We can then realize our full-potential.
Below are some tips incorporated in the above mentioned article along with my own helpful tips for dealing with adversity.
• Stop playing the victim. I am not saying it is easy to get over bad things that happen to us, but the more we dwell on the issue or bad event it then becomes a mountain that stared out as a molehill. Most people seek pity at one time or another or we dwell on self-pity, but is that what we really want? Once we derail the self-pity train we can move on to greater moments in life.
• Dealing with Pain. Pain is not avoidable, but the way we cope with it is. We have a choice in the way we process pain and grief and the more ways we find to deal with it on a positive level the better off we will be.
• Finding Inspiration. I have quite a few individuals that inspire me. Try to connect with them in some way (if possible) through watching a TV show they are on or connecting with them through their Facebook or Twitter page. Better yet, contact them and let them know what an inspiration they are to you!
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and feel blue when life gets us down. When we persevere over life’s hardships we find greatness and strength that we never knew we had. It’s there, we just have to find it!