Tag Archives: Adversity

Crash the Pity Party: Become a Miracle Worker

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea that will inspire you to prevail in tough times.

              Woe is me! You hear that lament a lot these days.  The Pity Party is alive and well and threatens to rob you and me of our spirit, our conviction, our hope –in essence our leadership.

Anne Bancroft (left) and Patty Duke as Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker

           Not so fast Pity Mouth!   Let’s scan the history books to recall how other leaders prevailed in tough circumstances, in times of illness or injury. Let’s rekindle our fortitude in frustrating times.

         Whenever I’m tempted to attend the Pity Party, I think of Patty Duke playing Helen Keller in the Broadway play and later in the movie The Miracle Worker. What an amazing portrayal on screen and on the Broadway stage of a truly inspiring life. Helen Keller turned her personal adversity into a personal triumph. Consider the facts:

  1. As a two-year-old, Helen Keller lost her sight and hearing.
  2. By age seven, Helen Keller could not see, hear or speak.
  3. By age 25, Helen Keller spoke English, French and German. She read Latin and Greek and  she graduated with honors from Radcliffe College (in four years).
  4. Still blind and deaf, Helen Keller became the first woman to earn at Honorary degree at Harvard University.
  5. Helen Keller went on to write 12 books.
  6. Helen Keller became an accomplished public speaker for nearly 50 years.

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Adversity Can Spark Exemplary Performance

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Are you having a bad day? Here are few historical examples to provide some relief .

       In the Civil War, Confederate General John Hood lost a leg and part of an arm.  But he could still perform. After the war, General Hood went on to father 11 children in 10 years—including three sets of twins.

           With adversity comes Power.

        For example in the early 1900s, golfers noticed that their golf balls flew farther when they were nicked or cut. In 1908, the Spaulding company started manufacturing golf balls with dimples.

  With adversity
Comes Durability.

         Forest rangers tells us that the sturdiest trees are found at the timberline where the storms strike with the most fury. See previous Leadership Mint on adversity enhancing durability. Continue reading