I’m bookending this month’s resiliency quotes with a bit of boxing lore:
1. Mary Elder
Sometimes grace comes in the form of a punch in the face.
2. Michael Jordan
I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot… and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s precisely why I succeed.
The bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you refuse to take the turn.
4. Warren Bennis
The leaders I met, whatever walk of life they were from, whatever institutions they were presiding over, always referred back to the same failure – something that happened to them that was personally difficult, even traumatic, something that made them feel that desperate sense of hitting bottom–as something they thought was almost a necessity.
It’s as if at that moment the iron entered their soul; that moment created the resilience that leaders need.
5. Muhammad Ali
Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.