The Adversity Quotient (“AQ”): Understanding, Overcoming

Last time, I wrote about “EQ” (Emotional Intelligence) and its role in effective problem solving.  This time, I want to briefly examine another acronym, “AQ” and its role in turning obstacles into opportunities.

“AQ,” or “Adversity Quotient” is the brainchild of Paul Stoltz, Ph.D., who has authored several books on the topic, which examine dynamics related to overcoming adversity. What does it take to succeed in life? Why are some individuals able to overcome adversity while others simply give up? Stoltz adeptly takes a look.

How good are you at dealing with loss and/or unexpected change?

Many people, myself included, have experienced misguided career or business decisions. The key is in how you handle them. You’ve “stepped in it.” Now what? Scream…cry…moan and then move on. Get it out of your system within thirty minutes. Then, collect yourself, regroup and consider all of your options. You may have been dealt a “bad hand”; yet, if played correctly, it could turn into a winner.

At the end of the day, I always recommend, don’t waste time and energy worrying about where you want to be or what might have been. Instead, look forward and positively focus on what actions you need to take to get there.

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