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Gerry Valentine is an executive coach and public speaker with 25 yrs. Fortune 100 experience. He advises business leaders and entrepreneurs.


“What does it mean to be resilient?” That’s the question one reader asked in response to my recent article on Forbes. It’s a great question.

The idea of “resilience” has entered the mainstream of life. Well-known researchers like Brene Brown and Angela Duckworth have published on the topic. But a lot of people don’t understand what resilience is.

There’s a misinterpretation that resilience is about being fearless, being tough or just being able to pick yourself up by the bootstraps. These misperceptions are especially prevalent in business circles. That’s a big problem because this way of thinking can actually make business leaders less resilient. Let’s clear that up.

Fear, Adversity AndParalysis

The easiest way to understand resilience is to first understand how it gets derailed, and that’s often through a destructive process I call the “fear, adversity, paralysis cycle.” Here’s how it works. When faced with adversity, we all feel fear. It’s a fear that we won’t be able to overcome the adversity. That’s perfectly natural. The problem develops when the fear becomes a paralysis that prevents us from responding productively to the adversity. And the paralysis always leads to even more adversity -- either the original adversity worsens or a new one arises.

For example, Eastman Kodak filed for bankruptcy in 2012 -- some people would say because of the digital camera. But here’s something many people don’t know: The digital camera was invented by an engineer who worked for Kodak back in 1975.

So, what happened? The cycle happened. When faced with the disruptive technology of digital photography, Kodak’s leaders -- people who only understood the film business -- allowed their fear of change to trigger a paralysis that prevented them from leveraging their own invention. By the time Kodak came around, the competition had an insurmountable lead.

Examples of fear and paralysis are all around us, and most people don’t notice them. It’s the executive who’s terrified of change and clings to the past. It's the entrepreneur who is so frightened that she micromanages everything and paralyzes her company. It's the company with employees who are so caught up with blaming and finger-pointing that it can’t innovate.

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When we focus … on seeking and receiving the Spirit, we become less concerned about a teacher or speaker holding our attention and more concerned about giving our attention to the Spirit.

One morning when I was serving as a young missionary in Beaumont, Texas, my companion became ill and needed to rest. Following the counsel of our mission president for such situations, I pulled a chair up by the open window in our fourth-story apartment and began to read in the Book of Mormon .

Soon I became immersed in the scriptures, and after a time I came to Alma chapter 29, verses 1 and 2 :

“O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people!

“Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth.”

As I pondered on Alma’s words, they became deeply personal. My companion and I had knocked on hundreds of doors in Beaumont, offering to share our message, but with limited success. In my mind’s eye, I began to imagine what it might be like if I were an angel and could cry repentance with a voice to shake the earth. I looked out the window at the people coming and going on the street below. I imagined what it would be like if I were standing there shining like an angel, with my hands raised, speaking with a voice of thunder. I envisioned the buildings shaking and people falling to the earth. Under the circumstances I imagined, they might have a sudden desire to listen to what I had to say!

But then I read the next verse: “But behold, I am a man, and do sin in my wish; for I ought to be content with the things which the Lord hath allotted unto me” ().

I was humbled to realize the Lord loves all His children and has a plan for His work. My job was to do my part.

I was also humbled to realize something else. In that moment, I that what I was reading was not fiction—it was real. Quietly and peacefully while I was reading, I had been filled with light and with the realization that this Alma was an actual person, that he had lived, and that he too had deeply desired to share the gospel message with others.

If you had asked me in that moment, “Do you know this is true?” I would have replied, “Absolutely!” At that point, it became clear to me that I was receiving a spiritual witness of the truth of the Book of Mormon.

As I have reflected on that experience—and many such witnesses since—I have come to better understand how vitally important it is to by the Spirit. We often focus, appropriately, on the importance of teaching by the Spirit. But we need to remember that the Lord has placed equal, if not greater, importance on receiving by the Spirit. (See Charmed Memories Clear Crystal Heart Charm Sterling Silver reIYuUEi4

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As I have become more aware of this principle, I find that the scriptures are replete with the doctrine of receiving. As President Boyd K. Packer has said, “No message appears in scripture more times, in more ways than, ‘Ask, and ye shall receive’” (“Reverence Invites Revelation,” Nov. 1991, 21).

At the very core of our mortal probation is the choice to receive Jesus as the Christ. The Apostle John taught:

“He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

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One cannot help but wonder how many gifts and blessings surround us that we do not receive. The Lord has said: “For what doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift? Behold, he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift” ( Angara Emerald Solitaire Heart Earrings in Platinum nn7pPEnP6

In our Church meetings, in our personal and family scripture study, and even this day as we listen to the Lord’s prophets and apostles, some of us will receive more than others. Why? I am learning that those who truly receive do at least three things that others may not do.

First, they We live in an entertainment world, a spectator world. Without realizing it, we can find ourselves coming to conference or going to church with the attitude, “Here I am; now inspire me.” We become spiritually passive.

When we focus instead on seeking and receiving the Spirit, we become less concerned about a teacher or speaker holding our attention and more concerned about giving our attention to the Spirit. Remember, is a verb. It is a principle of action. It is a fundamental expression of faith.

Second, those who receive, While revelation comes to the mind and heart, it is most often felt. Until we learn to pay attention to these spiritual feelings, we usually do not even recognize the Spirit.

In a recent conversation I had with one of our daughters-in-law, she suggested that we can help even young children become aware of these feelings of the Spirit. We can ask them questions such as “How do you feel as we read this scripture together? What do you feel the Spirit is prompting you to do?” These are good questions for us all. They demonstrate the desire to receive.

Third, those who receive by the Spirit As the prophet Moroni instructed, to receive a witness of the Book of Mormon, we must ask “with real intent” ( Moroni 10:4 ). The Spirit teaches when we honestly intend to do something about what we learn.

As I have read back over my journal entry to understand and learn more from the experience I had as a missionary, I have realized that although I had read in the Book of Mormon before, what happened in Beaumont that morning was different because I was different. As inexperienced as I was, at least on that occasion I was sincerely trying to seek and to feel, and my intent was to act in faith on what I learned. I know now that such witnesses are available to each of us on a regular basis if we will receive them.

The Book of Mormon is the word of God. Jesus is the Christ. The gospel has been restored, and we truly are in the presence of modern apostles and prophets.

I pray that this day and always we will learn to better receive, that we may truly rejoice in both the gift and “in him who is the giver of the gift.”

In the name of Jesus Christ , amen.


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Defending the Paradise Forests from paper and palm oil companies

Indonesia’s forests are a treasure chest of incredible wildlife. The country is home to between 10 and 15 percent of the world’s known plants, mammals, and birds. But in the last half century, more than 74 million hectares of Indonesian rainforest—an area twice the size of Germany—have been logged, burned, or degraded.

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Indonesia has already lost 72 percent of its intact forests. This is threatening the habitat of species like Sumatran tigers and orangutans, as well as harming the millions of people who depend on Indonesia’s forests for their food, shelter and livelihoods.

It’s also bad news for global warming. Peatlands—including those that form the wetland-like floor of Indonesia’s rainforests—are one of the world’s largest carbon sinks. Indonesia’s peatlands store about 35 billion tons of carbon.

When these peatlands are drained, burned and replace by plantations, it releases thousands of tons of carbon dioxide and sets the stage for devastating forest fires.

Indonesia’s irreplaceable rainforests and carbon-rich peatlands are being destroyed to make products we use—and throw away—every day. Products like paper for our magazines, toilet paper, packaging, and palm oil for toothpaste and chocolate are fueling the destruction.

If you haven’t heard of it, palm oil is everywhere. That includes our soap, detergents, makeup, biscuits and biofuel, to name a few. It’s cheaper to grow than many of its alternatives, takes up less land space, and has a long shelf life, all of which cause major global brands to rely on it more and more.

Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of crude palm oil, with about 15 million hectares of land licensed for palm oil development.

While palm oil has many uses and benefits, its production can also have serious costs for forests. Palm oil is almost exclusively grown on large plantations, meaning landowners have to clear large patches of forest to make space.

But palm oil can—and must—be produced sustainably. Palm oil production has been part of the livelihoods of local communities in Asia and Africa for decades.

We think palm oil production is best managed by communities and industrial players that protect forests and follow responsible agricultural practices. This way, palm oil companies respect the social, economic and cultural rights of local communities while contributing to economic development.

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Thanks to major moves by big companies in recent years, the pulp and paper industry is starting to reduce its contributions to deforestation in Indonesia.

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