“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” – Lee Iacocca
Arguably one of the greatest CEOs in American history, Lee Iacocca’s 47 year career in the auto industry helped define American corporate culture. Iacocca led Ford and then Chrysler through thick and thin, and he always held his head high.
Here we are, 17 years after Iacocca’s retirement from Chrysler, in period of history most notable perhaps for its uncertainty. I cannot help but wonder why it is that we as human beings, sitting atop all life on the planet, tend to create more hell for ourselves than we do anything else. We claim to evolve and to be the product of long chain of evolutionary progress, yet the more time passes the more it seems the earth is like a clock without a craftsman.
Successful living in times like these requires boldness, persistence and stamina. We human beings are in this for the long haul. Like the rats and cockroaches we love to malign, we are survivors. Yet we are more than mere insects driven by an innate desire to propagate the species. We are creators with craftsman’s hands.
The hands of a craftsman are steady, confident and meticulous in action. Controlled by a mind conscious of right, the craftsman’s hands are most dextrous when applied to positive action. We, when in our right minds, can channel any energy – no matter what its provenance – into positive action.
If you find yourself under pressure, dare to live your life free of compromise. Maintain your integrity, keep your head high, no matter what comes your way. Know that life will never give you anything that is larger than your ability to handle it. You may require the assistance of others and as I’ve said in previous posts, no man or woman is complete unto him or herself. We need one another. We complement one another.
And, well, as Jerry Maguire put it, “We live in a cynical world. A cynical world. And we work in a business of tough competitors. I love you. You…complete me!”
Keep your heads high, your spirits up and have a great day.