Where that is the predominant perpective of being “prosperous” I take a different view as the more people I meet and interview I find that some of the most prosperous people in the world, now and in the past, were not financially wealthy. Their prosperity came from having the mindset of contribution and impact.
I speak about teamwork, leadership and persistence in tough times but I focus on something they can all understand, rebounding. Not rebounding the ball, rebounding and responding from tough times being the key to having true success in life.
Telling stories helps train the brain to distinguish what is important and what is not important. That is an essential skill to have when you need to focus when you are in a “tailspin.”
The one lesson that has served me over and over is those who succeed have the humility to constantly prepare.
I did an interview yesterday for an upcoming podcast and was asked a question about Captain Sullenberger. My response to the question was that “we all were fortunate to have Captain Sullenberger there that day and I am honored to know him and have shared the speaking stage with him. He came to his position at US Airways for such a time as this.”