When the going gets tough....

Date Published: 09/07/2020 08:37

They do say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Jillian Thomas says we need to show resilience in these tough times, but we also need to help each other.

It’s tough right now. It’s tough out there, it’s tough at work and it is not easy for many of us at home, with worries about health and wealth.

But we are tough people. What is that song? When the going gets tough, the tough get going. We need to literally pull ourselves up by our boot straps and get back on into the scrum. But we also need to remember that we are not all feeling very tough, we may be feeling overwhelmed by it all.

And I know that feeling of being overwhelmed. Back in 2004 on Boxing Day I had the misfortune to be in Thailand when the Tsunami struck. It was frightening, it was terrifying, it was literally overwhelming. It was the worst day of my life. I could have gone under. I saw things I would rather not see, but I realised I had a choice, allow it to crush me or use it to move on, to grow, to be stronger. It started me thinking about my future life and led to me setting up Future Life Wealth Management.

Some 15 plus years later, I now find myself talking online to students all round the world about the need for resilience in tough times. I have been through the Tsunami, the financial crash (which was when I actually set the business up) and now Covid-19. At the time of a crisis everything can feel too much; it can feel like it is impossible to go on, but, as I tell the students,  we have our inner strength, the knowledge that things can and will get better We also have each other and we can, and must, ask for help.

The  feedback I got from the students who attended the webinar organised by Common Purpose UK, a not for profit organisation that develops leaders, made me glad I had shared my story.

I will leave you with a few of the comments:

“Not only did this session teach valuable lessons about what it means to be a leader and build resilience in uncertain times, but it also reinforced how important it is to enjoy what you're doing and not to be afraid to ask for help and learn from others.”

“Thank you Jillian for the incredibly moving talk on leadership in uncertain times. It was inspiring to hear of such resilience in the face of overwhelming crises (including the Boxing Day Tsunami and 2008 crash!), especially in current times of such doom and gloom. Thanks for the reminder to always think ahead, and outside of the box!”

And my favourite from a student at the University of Delhi:

“In that one hour we learnt some lessons that will help us shape our entire FUTURE LIFE :)”


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