Extenuating circumstances

I’ve veered off a bit from “normal programming” over the past 4 weeks – there haven’t been weekly MBA learning or product review posts. The reason for that is that I’ve dealing with a few extenuating circumstances. A mix of a massive project’s peak, illness, start of a new project, and a couple of setbacks meant that I kept focused on just making sure I wrote once a day.

However, as I was reflecting on the past ~30 weeks this morning, I realized that there was some disruptive force or another in at least 15 of the 30 weeks.

Thanks to Clayton Christensen’s warning in “How Will You Measure Your Life,” I had learnt that life is just a series of extenuating circumstances. But, I guess it is one thing to understand an idea and quite another to experience it. Looking back the past 30 odd weeks and seeing the regularity of these extenuating events has resulted in a lot of appreciation for the idea.

Perhaps I should just stop making these excuses and get on with it. There is no such thing as a “normal” week.

The obstacles never stop. I just need to learn to expect them and view them as part of my definition of normal.

0 thoughts on “Extenuating circumstances”

  1. This is the sort of thing I am going through right now. It is just as if I can’t handle growth (I don’t know if you understand what I am trying to say)- I now have a lot of speaking engagements, coupled with my startups and my blog is really suffering because I don’t even have time to write.

  2. In addition to Christensen’s wonderful book, might I also recommend Ryan Holiday’s “The Obstacle is the Way.”

    “The obstacles never stop. I just need to learn to expect them and view them as part of my definition of normal.”

    Not only are the extenuating circumstances part of life, but they’re part of the path to success. Here were 50 of my favorite takeaways from his book. Reading a handful might help you decide if the book is for you.

    1. This is definitely on my reading list, Ryan. I am just making very slow progess down the list while in graduate school. Looking forward to when it all picks up again.

      Thank you so much for the link!

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