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NDE – Lesson Five/Last Lesson - Your Biggest Enemy!

Back home, a new life began. I wanted to walk, run, move, act, lie, sleep as before. But my body would call me to order.

'It will take you several weeks or even months to recover fully!'.

This is a metaphor of life in a way. Life requires patience.

Patience is a virtue. It is one of the foundations of some religions. But let’s not confuse patience with passivity.

Waiting for a situation to improve without doing anything about it is not patience, it is passivity.

Patience implies will, strength and perseverance.

Today, we talk a lot about resilience, the ability of a system to withstand changes in its environment and still function, or an individual's ability to adapt in the face of adverse conditions.

Patience is intimately linked to the notion of resilience.

This is another lesson that I have learned from my surgical adventure: in life as in business, we must work on patience.

Patience is the best antidote to stress, to unproductive anger and to personal or professional instability. Definitely a must for the challenging times ahead.

Like a muscle, patience requires continuous training. It demands mental, physical, intellectual, spiritual practice!

#leadership #resilience #personaldevelopment #performance

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