An inspiring excerpt

An excerpt that I recently came across in ‘STRETCH’ and found very inspiring:

You learn a lot about people by how they deal with a catastrophe. Some folks panic and make foolish decisions. Some are paralysed by the calamity and do nothing to respond to it. Still others deny it, hoping that ignoring the problem will make it disappear.

Then, of course, there are the people who are somehow enlarged by the crisis. They take a disastrous turn of events as a personal challenge. Like a champion athlete who performs at his or her best in the big games, they become sharper, calmer, more alert and more decisive.

Where do these people come from? What separates them from the rest of the crowd?

If you examine them closely, one fact will quickly emerge. They didn’t get that way overnight. If you ask them, I’m sure they’ll tell you that they’ve faced many crises in their careers. I’m also sure they’ll admit that they weren’t always as composed and commanding in similar circumstances. To them, each crisis was not only a challenge but also a learning experience, a chance to get slightly better and not repeat past mistakes.

The best people know that there are two phases in every crisis: the one where you manage it and the other where you learn from it. To succeed, you have to do both. It’s not enough to find a solution to a problem. You also have to uncover why it happened and take corrective steps so it doesn’t happen again. 



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9 responses to “An inspiring excerpt

  1. Good motivation. But, philosophically speaking, every day has its own problems. A problem need not be actually seen to be so. True, some problems are much more daunting than others. Yes, but as you say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. But its not at all easy to be tough.

  2. priyaiyer


    🙂 thanks…yep, true, every day is a challenge; however, sometimes the going gets tougher, and it is these times when we are polished by life to a brilliant gem. we never actually know our true potential till we are in a crisis. of course, it is not easy..


    nope, this is not from BLINK. this excerpt is from a book called ‘STRETCH’ that i am reading now. it is the annual publication of an organisation called Balrampur Chini Mills.

  3. ambi

    another Good one. thanks for sharing.
    some times i’ve seen all these nature in sachin’s eyes during critical matches.
    (pls note some times) 🙂

  4. priyaiyer


    🙂 dontya worry, i’ll keep sharing such excerpts!!

    LOL…. i m the wrongest person to talk to regarding cricket!!

  5. yes very true ofcourse and again, another is to learn from others mistake/experience.

    curiosity translates to knowledge/information which helps in crisis management… so stay curious and stay foolish.

  6. priyaiyer


    righto! 🙂

  7. priyaiyer



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