I partially remembered a famous quote about near a death experience making a person stronger, so I did an Internet search and came up with two similar quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche. The first one goes like this, "That which does not kill us make us stronger", while the second one is similar but just a little bit different "What does not destroy me, makes me stronger". What brought this quote (or rather quotes) to mind was an article in USA TODAY about three business owners who had faced very serious health issues and how these issues changed their perspective on their businesses.
The article begins with a video featuring one of the business owners who suffered through chemotherapy for cancer when he was 36 and then had a heart attack at 37. Talk about a double whammy! One analogy he makes in the video is how the chemotherapy got rid of the cancer and how he thought the Great Recession had gotten rid of some problem areas in our economy. He thought eventually we would come back stronger than ever.
The three business owners and some others in the article who also experienced major illnesses came up with these lessons they learned from their health experiences:
- Use your energy wisely.
- Build on prior accomplishments.
- Marshall all resources.
- Give back.
- Enjoy your profession.
- Have faith.
- Know your strength.
All these owners are living examples of the quote from Friedrich Nietzsche that led off this post. Their health issues made them stronger and for these business owners, their businesses stronger as well.