When an alien kicks your butt – get back up!

15 05 2014

“You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage, and with the best that you have to give.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

For some reason, this quote brought to mind the end of the first Men In Black movie.  There’s this big alien, and he just ate Tommy Lee Jones’ character (strangely, at his own request!).  Will Smith then gets the snot knocked out of him by the alien bug, but keeps getting back up, and going back for more.  He could have stayed down the first time the bug sent him flying through the air into a pile of pipes, or the second time when he was thrown against a metal dumpster full of cockroaches.  However, he knew that if he didn’t get back up, well… there goes the neighborhood, along the lines of the planet that Darth Vader blew up in Star Wars.  The world was counting on him, even if most of them didn’t know it.

As leaders, the future of the world probably isn’t relying on our getting back up when business throws curve balls at us.  We do, however, get hit with challenges that seem pretty big to us, and maybe they knock us down for a bit.  But we have to shake them off, get back up, and give our best efforts at overcoming the challenges. The world may not be counting on us to succeed, but our customers who are brave enough to call and ask for help have to know that we have our game faces on.  WE need to be sure that our teams and are ready to give them the best help that we can possibly give, because we may be the only ones who can save our customer’s world (family, job, house, sanity, whatever).

Speaking of meeting…


Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com




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