Category: Challanges

Challenges reveal character

So life isn’t always as planned and throws us curve balls or detours when we least expect them. It during those challenges that we often build character. Some might suggest these challenges are placed in our path by a divine being for the purpose of testing and developing oneself.

Here’s a story in which we believe the challenges put forth rather divine or not helped build character and improve my  situation.

About a year ago I had an opportunity to move to a new city and help expand the companies presence in the US. This was the first time I moved from my home town and was excited to take the journey. I wouldn’t go alone as I moved my wife and son with me, it was my wife’s first move as well. Our lives were about to change in ways we expected and ways we didn’t.

This move would involve a number of life changes, most of which we didn’t fully understand beforehand. My wife was working full-time and we decided once we moved she could stay at home and not have to work. Our son would start school in a year ad they could just enjoy life until Kindergarten started.

So we were off to start a new life with gold at the end of the rainbow, so we thought.

The first couple of months went fairly good at work as there was a lot of buzz about our service. We had purchased an outdated company who partnered with high end professionals helping their clients. Being we had all the new bells and whistles there was a ton of interest and things were going fairly well and we felt like the market was going to be great.

Then it all started to unravel. There were many challenges at work that started to surface. The data migration went horrible and most client data was inaccurate or incomplete. The service model went from hyper local to national and even international. And trust me when data is inaccurate someone from the East coast looks like a fool when asked questions as they only have the info in the system, which is horribly wrong. Previously the clients could just call a local representative and resolve any discrepancies. Now it was like a maze of horror as clients just couldn’t get the appropriate help. As they say change is always tough but unsolicited change is even tougher. In this instance the clients didn’t ask for a change. Then the change placed upon them just wasn’t working.

The company is a national service and has devoted numerous resources into cleaning the client info and service up. As of late the problems haven’t ceased but have become fewer and farther between. So that’s positive and time will tell if we make it in this market or not.

The move also provided challenges at on the home front as well. My wife was feeling isolated and very much missed going to work, if for nothing more than socialization with adults. The boy adjusted fairly well, he misses and still talks about his old house and friends, but has created new friendships with neighbors etc..

So the “gold” at the end of the rainbow may just be a shinny spot on a heap of garbage. But we were determined to make it work!

As we faced these challenges we started to grow. The family grew closer as we are all we have in this town. I have learned a tremendous amount high level business decisions and the importance of due diligence. I also stretched my knowledge base and learned a whole new product set and relationship building skills.

So as we talk about challenges, life is full of them, and how we grow is what’s important.

I believe the wings of “God” may very well have placed this opportunity/challenge in our life if for nothing else for our family unity. Before our move the family was on the brink of breakup as home life was a constant struggle. Now we have grown together and face these challenges and many others as a family.

As well the growth I’ve experienced at work is huge and highly marketable if everything else fails at the current company. Hopefully that’s not the case but if that’s the future I’m confident in the skills and relationships I’ve built that moving on and up would be an easy transition.

So look at all your challenges not ass roadblocks but building blocks.