Volume 3 – Issue 3

Recently I had the opportunity to speak to the students of Baruch College Ethics and Etiquette Society about finding opportunities when challenges present themselves. My advice to these inspiring students was to change your perspectives of how you view challenges. Each challenge is an opportunity in the waiting.

In our discussion and exchanges, it became apparent that the following advice is applicable not just to students but to everybody as we go through life. When faced with challenges try the following:

Don’t be Afraid to Fail
With each failure or prolonged success, you will learn something about yourself and the next opportunity. From Presidents to Ambassadors to Inventors failures are a part of the development process and teach us the most valuable lessons. Welcome a Failure!

Who are the Members of your Power Circle?
A few years ago, T-Mobile commercialized having a “Fav Five” of People who had priority in your life. Your power circle must have the same type of prioritization. Surround yourself with people who inspire, empower and encourage you. Choose Wisely!

Twenty Feet Away
In the Oscar-winning documentary, Twenty Feet from Stardom, we learned about extremely talented and unheard of background singers who were so close to center stage but throughout their experiences became discourage, uninspired, impatient amongst other feelings. These are the feelings that prevent us from hanging in there and continue the course towards success. Stay the Course you are So Close!

Hard Work Works
Those of you who are in careers and occasionally ask yourself, am I doing everything possible to succeed? If you think you can achieve more by working harder, why not work harder? The same is true for those of you still looking for jobs. Looking for a job is a job. If you are not looking for a job eight hours a day, you’re not looking hard enough. The harder people have worked the luckier they have become. Work Differently!

Our perspective determines our actions so decide to view each challenge as an untapped opportunity. There is someone depending on you – You!

Charles A. Archer
Founder and CEO