A Setback Is Just a Setup For a Comeback

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Let Your Setback Precede Your Comeback

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“A setback is just a setup for a comeback.” Willie Jolley, Professional Speaker, Author and Professional Singer

Tough times are great!

Yes, you read that right. Tough times make us all better people. When you have to go through tough times ---- tougher than anything you’ve experienced before --- you gain skills that you never would have acquired when everything is going just fine and smooth.

Many businesses today are going through tough times. Others are now beginning to see the light and come out of the dire doldrums to see new opportunities in a new world that has emerged even in the last year.

Just the other day I was talking with a very good friend who called and told me he had been laid off from his job about 3 weeks ago. He said he was going into “liquidation mode” by trying to sell anything he had of value. His plans included selling everything he could on eBay, Craigslist or anywhere else that he could get cash to pay for groceries (literally). I hurt deeply knowing what he was going through and the anguish it meant. Also, the fact that he waited three weeks to tell me he was laid off said volumes about his feelings. But selling can only go so far. Eventually my friend will have to generate new income from new sources.

Coming back is all about being resourceful. Human beings throughout history have achieved their greatest success just when it appeared the darkest. I’m reminded of the story of the late, great Mary Kay Ash. She suffered through a bad marriage and when she left worked at raising three kids alone. When she was passed over for promotion --- in favor of a man whom she had trained --- she decided to forge out on her own. She built a company that not only made her a millionaire but many others as well.

Oprah Winfrey’s story of dogged determination to overcome obstacles is well-known. She is a shining example to all about how persistence and offering the public something it wants can yield solid business benefits --- and help others profoundly as well. Success and determination don’t care about gender, skin color, or other factors. What matters is the degree to which you are willing to work hard, get up when knocked down and be creative in developing new ways to meet new circumstances.

My friend Willie Jolley is a Washington, D.C. – based professional speaker, professional singer and author (try that combination on for size!). I love his quote at the top of this article. When you get that setback (and we all do) it is how you handle it. Look at it as a way to prepare you with knowledge and the emotional stamina to turn things around for the future. The cynics will say it doesn’t work.

They are right.

They are right--- but only to an extent. If they say they can’t and say it won’t work, they are right --- for them. However, for those who marshal a “never-say-die” attitude and are willing to learn from setbacks, adapt to new circumstances, acquire the skills necessary to get ahead and be willing to pay the price --- well, history is replete with examples of success.

This is not Pollyanna talk. This is hard science and what really works in the real world. Here are some steps that can help when you have that setback:

Pause And Examine The Situation. Realize you can’t just brush off the hurt. Deal with it --- but don’t stay with it. Find out what went wrong, what you could have done and what was completely out of your control. Know the facts before you begin anew.

Acquire New Skills. In a world that is changing rapidly, continued knowledge infusion is essential. Learn new market-valuable (key term!) skills. Find those things that people want and for which they are ready, willing and able to pay. Go to the library and read. Listen to MP3 skill-building ideas on iTunes. Watch instructional videos on video.google.com, YouTube.com and other sites. Note that all the above suggestions don’t require money but they do require your commitment to study and learn.

Sell. Successful people in any field have learned how to sell their ideas. Learn how to do that. Do it in a persuasive, helpful, not pushy way. “Pushy” doesn’t work with most intelligent people today. Genuinely help others and sell without regard to the inevitable rejection you’ll get occasionally.

As you see every setback as a setup for a comeback, you will acquire the mindset that is imperative to get ahead. Never stop learning market-valuable skills. Never stop selling to help others.

These principles can help you personally and in your business when you have a setback. Model the successful people who have done it before and you improve your chances for success.

Terry L. Brock, MBA, CSP, CPAE
Member, Professional Speaker Hall of Fame
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2018 Recipient of the National Speakers Association's Highest Award, The Cavett

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we have to adapt and move on, and above all keep trying...


Yes, you and I agree on that @skiponline. Thank you for your comments and being there. I greatly appreciate you!

Thanks for sharing this great blog with awesome advices and words of wisdom @terrybrock

In Art/Music there have always been weird times i think ... maybe every artist had few of this kind of moments

Maybe everyone came out stronger after the storm ...

Thanks for this blog sir @terrybrock

Blessings to you and your Family

PS: Enjoy my latest album with our Tribe



Thank you, @luciannagy for your kind words. Yes, I think we all go through, as you say, "weird times." The key is to triumph over them and keep adapting and adjusting.

Very nice to have you stop by. I'll have to check out your website. Thank you for leaving that link for me and others to try. Hope you have a great day!

Thank you, this is just the thing that I need to hear for me to feel better and obtain a more critical thinking type of mindset. Hope you've been doing well.


Glad you liked it, @ballinconscious. Yes, embracing more critical thinking is what I find helps at some of "those times." I'm doing exceptionally well and enjoying life more than ever. Thank you for stopping by and hope you have a great rest of the week!

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Thank you for stopping by to visit and comment, @steem-ua. I appreciate you doing that and look forward to hearing from you again.

every setback should provoke a come back success!! great work @terrybrock


Thank you, @lifeofjustkoko. Yes, I think that the setback is a part of life so that we can learn and become better. Nice to hear from you.

Thank you for this amazing article!


You bet, @tikotiko (tina). Nice to hear from you and hope you are doing very well.