Life is full of ups and downs. Sometimes we triumph and other times we don’t, but it’s how we respond to these challenges that shapes us as people. Our professional lives are no different, which is why it’s so important to persevere and recognize that the difficulties we face will ultimately lead us to a new opportunity.
In the first global keynote of the LinkedIn Impact 2020 Series, Kevin Delaney, LinkedIn’s VP for Learning & Development, explores five key principles behind bouncing back from unexpected outcomes, and why a positive outlook can drive your recovery.
Keep getting up
Kevin emphasizes that it’s always important to get back up, move forward and recover from disappointment, whatever the setback and no matter how many times it may occur. He sums up the point with one simple saying: “People don’t drown by falling into the water, they drown by staying there.”
In a world where actions lead to consequences, Kevin points out that people who continue to be active and make things happen are far more likely to find opportunities in the future. People who don’t take immediate action may soon find themselves in a rut, and the longer they remain inactive the more difficult it becomes to get going again.
Human beings never stop learning. Learning goes far beyond textbooks and courses; it also comes in the form of new ideas and experiences that exercise your mind, helping you maintain stronger morale. Kevin says it’s not what you learn that matters, it’s the process that counts.
If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Kevin points out that there is always a reason to continue exploring every possible avenue and opportunity until each one of them has been exhausted. In the HR and talent acquisition world more than most, persistence often pays off.
Kevin urges you to forget about closed doors as soon as they close on you. Focus your energy and efforts on the open doors that are your future opportunities. Remember, every storm eventually passes and what may be beneficial to you in the long run may not be obvious to you as it is happening.
You can hear more of Kevin’s valuable insights on bouncing back in his full keynote, available free and on-demand any time. And if you think your HR or TA team may be inspired by his findings, we encourage you to share the link with them. Please note this session was pre-recorded ahead of the live event of June 4th.