How do you get through a crisis and get up bouncing forward afterwards? Public Speaking and Author, Sam Cawthorn, shares his insights.
We all need alignment particularly when a crisis appears. This is where it is imperative to stick together. When the seas get rough, when the storm starts to blow, stay together and knock it out. Stay focused on the mission. There are many problems when disunity occurs. We need to navigate past disunity and align ourselves with the values and mission. Communication is paramount during a time of crisis. Basically, we all need community, we all crave that sense of belonging.
Your Idea Wont Always Be Embraced 1st Try
There was once a guy named Mark. He was born in 1994, so he is a young guy. This guy, he also saw the value in community and connecting so he built this software program. So, he was going to Harvard University at the time but what he did, he hacked into the protected areas of their computer system. His site generated 450 visitors and 23,000 photos in its first four hours online. How cool is that? The site then quickly was forwarded to several other campuses but was very quickly shut down a few days later by the Harvard Administration. Mark was charged by break of security violating copyrights, individual privacy and he was actually facing expulsion. But ultimately, the charges were dropped.
Persistence Is Key
On February 4, 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook. We’ve all heard of Facebook. October 24, 2007, Microsoft announced that it had purchased 1.6% share on Facebook for $240 million giving Facebook a total implied value of around $15 billion. More people visited Facebook than Google for the week ending March 2010. In July 2010, Facebook received its 500 millionth Facebook profile which means 1 in every 14 people on the planet now has a Facebook page. As of March 2010, he is now the youngest billionaire in the entire world with a net worth of $4 billion in 2010 due to the 24% share of Facebook.
Facebook has met with some controversy. It is being blocked in several countries including Pakistan, Syria, China, Vietnam and Iran. We all want to be a part of something. We all need those people around us to help us get out of those hard times. Holding hands in a time of crisis is what I actually needed throughout my accident. I remember waking up after a week-long coma and my entire family was right there by my bed.
I’m regularly asked, what was the main thing that got me through my accident? And I say, one of the main things is my family. I think business is exactly the same. You need everyone in a crisis to stay focused on the mission and stay focused on the task at hand. This is where you can and will overcome the most difficult of challenges when you stick together through the tough times.
So, here’s the challenge. What are the things in your life when it comes to family, community or friends that fills your bucket? What I mean about bucket is, let’s say you have a bucket and you’ve got things that you are putting into the bucket like friends and family and holidays and everything like that. But there are also a lot of things that come out of the bucket. Things that whenever you’re investing at work, whenever you’re going to business meetings or whatever it might be, what are the things in your life that are actually filling your bucket when it does come to community, family, lifestyle, friends, et cetera. Think about those things are filling your bucket. I want your bucket to be full, I want your bucket to be completely overflowing.
I’m Sam Cawthorn and let’s not only bounce back but let’s bounce forward.