Turning Tragedy into a Motivation To Do Well

But in Oct 2004, in a plane crash, he lost 10 people from his senior management group, including his 24 year old son and brother. They all were in the same plan, going for a business visit.

Rick said, “You don’t, you can’t prepare for anything like that.”

This is very true, life sometimes gets really very hard. Things can happen what even we are afraid to imagine, but it does.

How should we prepare for that? The answer is, we don’t. Yes it is about staying strong and getting up in a hard way.

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After the disaster, Rick Hendrick, addressed to his emlpoyees, they hired new people in top management. Set up offices a few steps apart to overcome the gaps in their knowldge. And after 40 days, they made to the next race.

Turning tragedy into a motivation tool is not easy, but this is what real leaders do.

And this is what you can do to motivate your team / family or yourself. No one born as a leader, you put yourself to lead the change and this is the moment when world demands you to lead.

None of us really knows, what has life for us, big success or a disaster or anything between. It is not important, the important is to believe that no matter how worse things get, you’ll stand up and stay stand.

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  1. As hard as it is, the best response to life blows like this is to get active. For a while, you might just have to stand dead in the water, but as soon as possilble you need to be doing something to move ahead.

    I directed a crisis team in the South Bronx the day the Towers were destroed. I saw the smoke from the first plane as I was driving to work and the second plane hit while I was parking my car. A friend of my son’s was in the first plane, others I knew lost friends and family. I am so grateful my job kept me very busy that day and for many days to come.

    So the decision to just keep going was a wise one. Doesn’t erase the horror, but lets you survive and move into a different place, not necessarily a better place, but perhaps wiser in the sense of you are forced to reassess what matters and be grateful for every bit of good life grants you.

    Thank you for this post.

    1. Waqas Ali says:

      Hi Katherine,

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughtful experience. I am glad you made it on that day and helped other people get better.

      Yes it is important to keep going even if it is not a better place, eventually you’ll make it to something bigger.

      Great to have your comment.

  2. ButtonsF says:

    Thank you for such an insightful post Waqas.

  3. atbilal says:

    truly motivating Waqas!

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