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.