February 20


Fortitude amidst frustrations of running a business

Fortitude amidst the many frustrations
of running a successful business

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way
to succeed is always to try just one more time.
~Thomas A. Edison

Painting of Mythology's Atlas holding up the world demonstrating his fortitude
Great feats of fortitude by Atlas Image courtesy of michael-hrt3m1.wikispaces.com

Fortitude is having mental and emotional strength to continue something even in the face of adversity and difficulty. When I think of fortitude, I immediately reflect upon the life of the pioneers. They had to persevere, against great odds to simply survive. Today we might say “just a little bit more” to encourage us to progress just a little further.

When did you demonstrate your fortitude last?

I bet it was when you took on a new project. Anything new seems to test us. Even more so when it isn’t our forte. This past year I’ve stepped into learning over 20 social media platforms. This is a great stretch for me. What keeps me progressing is fortitude.

I assure you it would be easy to just throw up my arms and walk away. Yet, there is something within me that keeps me showing up for another round. It also helps to have a great partner to do something which really stretches you out of your comfort zone. Thanks Keith, from On Your Mark, for helping me navigate this uncharted territory!

Fortitude helps us accelerate our success

Many of us have a can of WD-40 in our home or garage. The WD-40 stats are 4 out of 5 homes and over 8o% business have a can on the premise.

Do you know how this product was named? It took 40 attempts to get the correct formula. Funny! WD-39  or WD-41 just doesn’t have the same assurance behind it for a name.

The guys at WD-40 didn’t give up! Thomas A. Edison didn’t give up either. Success showers those with fortitude. As children we learn this lesson differently with the phrase, “Quitters never win”. Remember?

A couple summers ago, a client shared her situation of being so close to accomplishing something while being completely exhausted and frustrated. The resolution was to walk away from it for a day or two and then come back to it again.

What do you think happened? She came back with a renewed mind. She saw something differently and was encouraged to stay with it for a little longer. She regained her fortitude.

Which project is exhausting you? Are you ready to walk away from it for a little bit – knowing you will return with the renewed spirit of fortitude?

When you take your short “pause” make sure you’re completely detach!

Quotes for YOUR Business Success

“A hero is someone who, in spite of weakness, doubt or not always
knowing the answers, goes ahead and overcomes anyway.”
~Christopher Reeves

“Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.”
~William James

“Ever since I was twelve, I dreamed of being an author. I just never
had the fortitude to see any of my stories through to completion.
I would start a book, get a few chapters in, and grow bored
or get distracted by something else.”
~Hugh Howey

“I know of no higher fortitude than stubbornness
in the face of overwhelming odds.”
~Louis Nizer

“Patience and fortitude conquer all things.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Please feel free to comment how you utilize fortitude to support YOUR Business’s Success.


If you want to discuss this strategy or something you need assistance with,
please call Maggie (262) 716.7750 for YOUR No-cost Consultation.

Blessings of Success to YOU ~
Maggie Mongan, Brilliant CEO & Founder
Brilliant Breakthroughs, Inc.

Direct Dial: 262-716-7750
LinkedIn: Maggie Mongan

p.s. With the cold weather across the country this week, take a pause and watch a movie of a hero in the making or a superhero. Witness their fortitude in the face of adversity. Allow it to inspire you to new heights!


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