Beyond Adversity

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Plan B


2014 BraveAccording to Wikipedia, Brave is “a computer-animated fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures” in 2012. The plot summary, written by Disney Pictures, states “Brave is set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time. Brave features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right.” This post is not a review of the movie, acting, voice overs, production, editing, marketing, or distribution. This post is not about all the things that turned out as expected, but all the things that are considerably different than expected. In summary, this post is about what you can do when Plan A does not turn out as you expected.

Some people will face a life-threatening adversity. Some people will survive, and some will not. Whether you survive or not, the adversity will interfere with your plans to travel the world, sail the seven seas, summit Everest, earn more money than Bill Gates, prevent cancer, eradicate poverty, bring peace to the world, or live happily ever after.  There is no guarantee Plan A will bring success even if you don’t face adversity. Many people see the failure of Plan A as a sign that there are no remaining options. WRONG! There is always a Plan B even if the plan is difficult to conceive, create, and implement.

Call to Action

If you had a chance to change your fate, would you? Please answer the question in the comments section below this post.


Thanks to Wikipedia for describing the movie Brave; Pixar Studios for its part in creating the film; Walt Disney Pictures for its part in creating the film; YouTube for hosting the video I used in this post; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, contributed to the pictures, video, and text I used in this post.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

2 Responses to “Plan B”

  • Esther says:

    If you had a chance to change your fate, would you? Had I been asked the same question prior to each “seemingly negative” event in my life, my answer would have been “yes.” It was only after the most difficult challenges that I realized what I had gained from the experience. I would not be the person I am today, with the qualities I like most about myself, had I not developed a new perspective based on my new reality. Through my journey of recovery, I developed new strengths, appreciated life more, and understood the purpose and value of the struggle. I learned what appears to be “bad” can bear good fruit. I’m still not excited by the opportunities to build these strengths, however I believe I see a great deal sooner the possibilities for a great life if I persevere and grow-through-it.

    • Scott says:


      I am glad to hear that you have reached a point in your journey where you are experiencing the value of adversity. There is no doubt that adversity can be very bad, but I am excited that you also recognize it can be a gift.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.