This week I took a bad fall.
I had decided to move some files from home to our Global Chamber headquarters at Skysong, and it seemed like a good idea to do that at 3am... before the rush of the day.
And so I picked up the first pile of papers from my car and started walking toward the front door. The next thing I knew I was flying through the air, landing on my back, looking up at the stars, and seeing stars.
In maneuvering the curb I had twisted my ankle, and with an oversized load of papers, I had gone flying, not in a good way. The papers were everywhere.
I laid on my back looking up for 30 seconds, figuring out what happened, wondering if anything was broken, hoping that 30 years after ankle surgery I hadn't messed that up. I got up slowly... a little bloody, a little bruised, plenty sore, but no major damage. Papers strewn - those could be reorganized.
The experience reminded me of what we all go through in business from time to time... a sudden blow... BAM! Right in the kisser. Knocking us back. What was that?
And if you're reading this then you've had plenty of global business experience, and probably felt this way from time to time. International business can be full of surprises.
In global business sometimes they come from a direction you hadn't expected.
So what to do?
Laying there for a moment probably makes sense. What just happened? Am I (my business) OK? Why didn't we see that coming?
Getting up always make sense. Don't let getting knocked off your feet deter you from your mission. But learn from what happened.
How can you avoid that one again? And are there similar surprises that could happen to surprise us in a similar way? That's a large part of being a member of Global Chamber... exposure to ideas and people to shield you from a true knockout blow.
Paris reminds us that punches come from every direction. We can't avoid them all. Best to be prepared.
And then get right back to it. Don't stop. Pummel away with a renewed sense of indestructibility.
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.