Fundamental #12:Find a Way

FIND A WAY. Take personal responsibility for making things happen. Respond to every situation by looking for how we can do it, rather than explaining why it can’t be done. Be resourceful and show initiative. Don’t make excuses or wait for others to solve the problem. See issues through to their completion.

In her great book, Grit, Angela Duckworth discusses the concept of Grit. She asks the question, why do people with similar abilities, backgrounds and education often have much different levels of success? It’s a question many of have asked before. She concludes:

“In sum, no matter the domain, the highly successful had a kind of ferocious determination that played out in two ways. First, these exemplars were unusually resilient and hardworking. Second, they knew in a very, very deep way what it was they wanted. They not only had determination, they had direction.”
Duckworth, Angela. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (p. 8). Scribner. Kindle Edition.
I met a young man this week who exemplified this Fundamental. While in college, his father passed a way suddenly from a heart attack. Knowing that his family would need financial help, he quit college to take over his father’s business. It was a crappy business – literally – a septic tank business. At the time of his father’s death it was two-person company. Only a couple of years later, he has 6 employees and doing about $2 million dollars in business. He said his father’s death gave him focus and direction. In order to win, he had to persevere! He had no choice and is winning. I asked, “But do you like the business?” He smiled, “I love it! What other business can you turn s..t into gold.” Great kid. Great attitude. He Found a Way!!

Bird Wisdom:
• This Fundamental is very Eagle like and comes natural to them. They don’t like failure. They will Find a Way.
• Get Parrots on board to making this happen. They’ll make it fun and help develop the relationship particularly if there are some bumps along the way.
• Dove will help get collaborative. They love the team approach to solving the challenge.
• If you need analytics to solve the problem or to create a process to facilitate answer, find your owl.