Blog #495 Overcoming Obstacles

Coaching for Life Success:  Overcoming Obstacles – part 1

We all encounter obstacles in our life.

We trip and fall, something happens to us or our family, the economy goes sour, or other calamities.

I have been listening to Malcolm Gladwell’s book “David and Goliath”.  One section of that book talked about obstacles some notable people overcame.

Winston Churchill was a great leader of England during World War II. Some have suggested, “that Churchill may have shown signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which is characterized by excessive physical energy, impulsiveness, forgetfulness, as well as difficulty focusing on subjects one finds boring but the ability to concentrate on enjoyable ones.”

“If Churchill did indeed have ADHD, he would have found school extremely challenging. Yet, by persevering and making difficulties work for him, some of the ADHD-like traits he struggled with in his youth became the very strengths he needed to effectively lead his nation.  (from

Others lost parents at an early age or were in dysfunctional homes.  Gladwell writes about the Civil Rights movement, where many great black leaders overcame the obstacles of discrimination and hatred.

In light of obstacles, some just slide back into the rut and let fear and depression take over, or others learn how to overcome those obstacles.

Tomorrow we will look more at overcoming obstacles.  But, here is a story from the page linked at the top:
“In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway where hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.

Some of the King’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but no one did anything to remove the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, he laid down his load and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he succeeded.

After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a reward lying in the road where the boulder had been. It contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

The peasant learned what many of us struggle to grasp: Concealed within every obstacle is an opportunity, yet many are unwilling to explore it.” (from )

There are times to go around obstacles, and times to face them.  Recently a school bus driver in my community ignored an obstacle (warning sign) about water over the road – and drove into the water and got swept away.  That would have been a time to go around the obstacle, find another path.

What are your obstacles?  How can you overcome them?



Posted by Bruce White

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