Success is forged in the fires of adversity.
What past adversity can teach us and how it relates to current events.
By discussing past adversity we remind ourselves that we’ve been through hardship before. In this interview with Sukhi Jutla we discuss her past adversity and her journey from a corporate job to COO & Co-Founder of Market Orders.
- Sukhi lost 3 family members in three months, her uncle, her father, and her grandmother.
- She left a six-figure stable job in the finance industry to launch her business.
- Ongoing mini-adversities while building the business.
- Selling multiple personal possessions, including downgrading her vehicle, moving into a studio apartment and selling designer clothes.
- Change in social circle and loss of existing status tied to a prestigious position.
10 Points from our conversation with Sukhi
- Mental athleticism is an important trait. Sukhi meditates, journals and uses positive affirmations to keeps a positive mindset and stay sharp.
- Compromise, Sukhi knew what she wanted and was willing to adjust her lifestyle to reduce living costs. She was also willing to let go of luxury items to ensure financial security.
- Financial literacy, the adversity resulted in her becoming much better at managing finances and making the most out of limited resources.
- Resourcefulness, the day to day adversities experienced in business has made Sukhi more resourceful.
- Perspective-shift, losing three loved ones in three months made Sukhi acutely aware of how fragile life is. The balance between risk of financial failure vs living the life she wanted tilted.
- Failure, facing adversity made it clear that failure is simply feedback, it shows you what doesn’t work so you can get to what does.
- She learned to ask for help. You just can’t achieve all your goals alone, you need to be willing to ask for help.
- Day by day, sometimes you have to just focus on doing the best you can today and leave the rest for tomorrow. Accepting that isn’t easy but you have to.
- Spirituality and meditation – your biggest enemy, your biggest fear – is yourself – meditation can help you face that. Your own thoughts are the ones that cause you the most pain.
- In business, you will have times of loss and slowdown but you have to recalibrate and face what’s in front of you, the actual facts of the moment.