Enjoy this excerpt from our new book, Healthy Leadership.
Use your experiences of adversity as learning moments to pinpoint opportunities to improve, reflect, grow, rebuild, or test your own character or faith. Instead of, “Why is this happening to me?” ask yourself, “What is the situation trying to teach me?”
The pathway to healthy leadership is not always smooth. Sometimes struggles are exactly what you need in life to grow. If you go through life without any obstacles, you won’t be as strong as you could be.
Think about how your struggles have made you a stronger person and a better leader. There will be challenges along the way. The key is to use them to help you and your team change, learn, and grow.
A young boy born in 1809 is a wonderful example of converting turning points into learning points to benefit millions of people. It was 1818 in France, and Louis, a nine-year-old boy, was sitting in his father’s workshop. The father was a harness maker and the boy loved to watch him work the leather.
“Someday, father,” said Louis, “I want to be a harness maker, just like you.”
“Why not start now?” said the father. He took a piece of leather and drew a design on it. “Now, my son,” he said, “take the hole puncher and a hammer and follow this design, but be careful that you don’t hit your hand.”
Excited, the boy began to work, but when he hit the hole puncher, it flew out of his hand and pierced one eye, blinding him immediately. Later, sight in the other eye failed. Louis was now totally blind.
A few years later, Louis was sitting in the family garden when a friend handed him a pine cone. As he ran his sensitive fingers over the cone, an idea came to him.
He grew excited and began to create an alphabet of raised dots on paper so that the blind could feel and interpret what was written. Louis Braille opened a whole new world for the blind by converting a turning point into a learning point.