Trials Refine Us

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Sometimes we look at people who have achieved a great deal of success and wrongly think that everything must have come easy for them. This powerful video takes us inside some famous lives so we can see what they had to overcome to achieve the success that they are known for.

What have you had to overcome in your journey to grow as a leader? In this next video, Cheryl Bachelder, CEO of AFC Enterprises, Inc., shares her own struggles as she talks about how trying times are opportunities to grow. Cheryl has more than 30 years of experience in brand building, operations and management at companies like KFC, Domino's Pizza, RJR Nabisco and The Procter & Gamble Company.

For more from Cheryl Bachelder, click here.

Cheryl shared her own struggles with: health (breast cancer at 45), family (challenges with a child), and work (fired from a job). List three of your own trials or failures and what you've learned.
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Cheryl also talked about the need to be more honest and transparent in the workplace—overcoming our need to look perfect—because it "enriches us as people and makes us more secure and safe in the work environment." How transparent are you in the workplace? Do you feel the need to "look perfect"? How could you be an influence to make your workplace a more safe and secure environment as people share their struggles and support each other?
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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.                    
~James 1:2–4 (NIV)

You can learn more about leadership and view other resources from Cheryl Bachelder here