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Live to Fight Another Day, Protecting Your Reputation

November 23, 2016 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

We all watched this very heated presidential election in 2016. Now that the dust has settled a little bit, I think Hillary Clinton taught us a great lesson. What a disappointing defeat – so many years she had invested in trying to become president and she had such a strong following. So many people wanted her to win. So many people thought she was right.

It was a very close race, but alas she lost in the electoral college and those were how the rules were written. Hillary Clinton gave an amazing concession speech. While some people criticized her for the delay, she put together an excellently crafted speech. She recognized what happened. She warmed people back up to her. She reestablished her base. She created an opening for herself to be respected and loved in the future.

She took a bad situation which she wasn’t going to be able to change and she made the best of it. I don’t know what Hillary Clinton’s future plans are. Many of us don’t know, but what’s clear is that she did a great job of recognizing the situation, of making friends, and of positioning herself for the future. What lessons can we learn?

Many of us probably aren’t going to have our dreams happen exactly the way we want, even with the best plans, even with the plans we talk about using The Three Laws of Empowerment ( All of our dreams aren’t going to happen the way we think, so we’re going to have to be flexible. We’re going to have to live to fight another day. We’re going to have to find a new course.

I think Hillary Clinton taught us a great lesson of not burning our bridges, of making sure that we can get to where we want to get to, to make sure we can accomplish our dreams even if things don’t unfold exactly the way we plan.

What’s been your experience with your plans and dreams? Have you had disappointments along the way? What will you do differently in the future?

Hillary Clinton gave an amazing concession speech.

Be flexible.


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