Facing adversity

A wonderful story to help you remember when times are difficult.


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Facing adversity? Let me tell you a story. There's a young woman who was complaining to her father who's a chef, about how awful her life was. Piss and moan, complain, being awful. That's what she was doing for a long time.

Her father, a chef, quietly, went to the kitchen, waved her in, and started boiling three pots of water. Once they came to a boil in one pot, he put potatoes. In another pot, he put eggs. In the third pot, he put coffee beans. The daughter didn't understand what was going on and continued on, complaining. About 20 minutes later, Dad turns off the burners, empties the contents out, looks at her and says "What do you see?" She goes, potatoes, eggs, coffee. Dad says, "Take another look. Let's see what you see"

And she takes a closer look and noted that the potatoes were soft and the eggs after she breaks into it, find hard-boiled eggs. And then she can sip coffee, which has a great smell to it. And she paused, having had her mood change, and said, "What does this mean?"

And Dad smiled and said, "the potato went in strong and hard and unrelenting but in boiling water, it became soft and weak. The eggs were fragile, with its thin outer coated shell protecting the liquid inside and putting it into boiling water it becomes hard. And then of course the coffee transforms itself.

So he smiled and said, "things happen around us. Things happen to us. But the only thing that really matters is what happens within us." And thus for you when you're facing difficult times. How are you going to respond to it? Are you gonna be soft? Are you gonna be hard? Are you going to transform yourself?


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter | Job CoachJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2100 episodes. He also hosts Job Search TV on YouTube, Amazon and Roku, as well as on BingeNetworks.tv for Apple TV and 90+ smart sets.

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