Why We All Need To Take On Challenges


Everything in life is a learning experience- both the good and bad. The difference between those who are successful and unsuccessful is the ability to internalize what you did and how you did it. What worked and what didn’t work. Challenges can be defining moments in your life. You either rise to the occasion or bow to them in failure. Leaders are driven to succeed.

You need to have the courage to take the challenge head on. No fear. When faced with a challenge, leaders like Alan Mulally of Ford spread out a mental blueprint if you will breaking down what the challenges are and the paths of actions they will take. Before the decision is made, the details in the execution of each piece of the plan are carefully followed. The possible outcomes are anticipated and then the calculated risk is taken.


Good leaders do not get overwhelmed. They take it one step at a time. If you get overwhelmed, you can do what I do- make lists. I find it easier to make a list not only to prioritize what I need to do, but also to see if I should change a detail in my plan.

You have the ability like Alan Mulally to rise to the occasion and overcome whatever obstacle you are facing. You need to believe in yourself and have the courage to fail. Like your mom once told you, “You’ll never know unless you try.” You owe it to yourself to do just that. Remember no “coulda, woulda, shoulda”. You don’t want your life to be a series of short-cuts. Carve your paths to the highest peaks in life.

That’s why I created the “Opportunity Pyramid” to show you the upward progression of achieving success.

World Domination doesn’t come short-cuts. If that was the case, the image I would have chosen would be a hole. Life is about climbing to the next level.


So the next time you are faced with a challenge, grab your picks and shovels and get ready to build your road to success!

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Author: loriannlarocco

I am the author of "Dynasties of the Sea: The Untold Stories of teh Postwar Shipping Pioneers", "Opportunity Knocking: Lessons from Business Leaders", "Thriving in the New Economy" and "Dynasties of the Sea: The Shipowners and Financiers Who Expanded the Era of Free Trade". I'm also the Senior Talent Producer at CNBC, and known as the producer with the trillion dollar Rolodex

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