Making the most of ‘option B’

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg recommends ‘kicking the s**t out of option B.’ Here’s how to do it.

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How well can you adapt to stress and adversity? How prepared is your team to respond to obstacles or crises?

Adversity is a fact of life and of business. Things won’t always go your way. In fact, every once in a while, things will go horribly, irreversibly wrong.

Resilience has to be the most powerful quality a person or a company can possess.

I was overwhelmed reading Sheryl Sandberg’s message on Facebook earlier this month that described her grief after suddenly losing her husband. Her conclusion was one I could relate to for mourning just about anything, from the loss of a loved one to the loss of a financial nest egg, a job or a dream.

“I was talking to one of these friends about a father-child activity that Dave is not here to do. We came up with a plan to fill in for Dave. I cried to him, ‘But I want Dave. I want option A.’ He put his arm around me and said, ‘Option A is not available. So let’s just kick the s**t out of option B.’

Dave, to honor your memory and raise your children as they deserve to be raised, I promise to do all I can to kick the s**t out of option B…”

That is the essence of resilience: Kicking the s**t out of option B.

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