Organizations and people have to grow simultaneously in order for each to reach their potential. We have already covered the business side of growth. Let it be clear, however, that business growth is conditioned upon personal growth of everyone involved in the organization. You cannot have one without the other. So let’s review the dimensions of personal growth we covered at the start in Chapter 1. They are Vision, Humanity and Character.
As the venture moves from theory into action, these aspects of individual beliefs and behavior become energized as drivers of growth both enabling and engaging the individual. Vision requires resilience in the face of market realities and business necessities. The emphasis upon Humanity requires commitment to maintain the concern for others. Finally, Character requires development when it is put under fire by those who favor expediency and cutting corners as opposed to being trustworthy and ethical. We need to look at each of these aspects of personal action in order to maintain the original ideas and commitment we started with in the face of business realities that do not square with righteousness and other aspects of personal development and growth.
VISION AND RESILIENCE
Vision of what we want to become is the cornerstone of personal growth. We cannot strive mightily whether personally or professionally without a vision of a future that energizes today’s efforts in search of a better tomorrow. Yet it is one thing to plan for achievement and quite another to realize its attainment. We encounter market and personal realities as soon as we move in transition from phase 1, the Startup, to phase 2, Growth. Growth is needed for the organization to realize its potential and verify that the initial startup idea can gain traction in the marketplace. Personal Growth is needed for to create and maintain the momentum that in turn drives professional growth. It is the inner game we need to play in order to win the outer game.
A SHORT VIGNETTE ABOUT RESILIENCE FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE
I had a serious automobile accident at age 35, resulting in broken leg, ankles, and pelvis. I was in the hospital for 3 months and in rehab for a year afterward. While in the hospital I had physical therapy designed to help me learn how to walk again. They used the parallel bars for the first attempt, and I had people behind me, ahead of me and on both sides as I tried to walk holding on to the bars. After considerable effort I was able to take a single step. That was my first day’s accomplishment. I kept a diary in those days which I still have from all those years ago (50 to be exact). My entry for that day reads “Great accomplishment! Took a step today on the way to full recovery. If I double that every day, it’ll soon as thousands. I am going to make it! No doubt about it!”
Resilience means driving on to your vision regardless of what interferes along the way. No worth while achievement is achieved without effort and progress is often interrupted by events outside of your control. The key to success lies in adaptation to whatever you encounter and finding a way around any obstacle in your path. Different methods, different timing, different paths, all may be required. I recall my daughter suffering a head injury from horseback riding and needing rehabilitation over several months. The doctor spoke of the need for some patients to achieve recovery through a process he called ‘rewiring the brain’ in order to re-establish functionality and recovery. It is now many years after that incident, and she is a fully functional adult pursuing an active career in construction management.
Resilience is a growth strategy that enables an individual to overcome obstacles on the way to achievement by growing his or her capabilities to achieve their goals. It is an essential ingredient to personal success as well as organizational success through growth.