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Leadership Lessons Are Not Only in Books

Years ago, I realized that leadership lessons come from many areas of life and business. I was reminded of this fact recently. For two weeks I was sick, sicker than I have ever been. I had the flu with severe body aches all over and fatigue, followed by bronchitis with continued pain and fatigue. I was reminded of the important lesson of staying positive through up’s and down’s by being around encouraging people and never giving up. Let me explain what happened and how it relates to you!

1st day (Sunday)

Being positive was easy peasy! My attitude/mentality was: “I just need rest, I’ll be better tomorrow I may need to cut back my work activities but I’ll still go to work.”

2nd day (Monday)

I wasn’t feeling well at all; I was tired, attitude was good but I was disappointed I couldn’t work. I thought I just needed to rest. I’ll drink liquids, take a nap, and I’ll be good the next day.

My positive “I’ll get through this” attitude the first two days is normal and often how someone starts something new; such as beginning their Team National Independent Business, with a great attitude and a “can-do” spirit that can help with any early setbacks.

3rd day (Tuesday)

Still not better, I was frustrated, surprised, attitude not great but not bad. I decided to call my doctor for her thoughts and help but in my mind, I’ll be at work by Thursday. I figured I just needed to fine tune what I was doing with rest and liquids. Found out I had the flu, needed rest, liquids, medicine and it could be days before I was well. Staying positive was harder. Throughout my illness, my family and many of my coworkers were very encouraging. My 3 ½ year old toddler even used my own line on me, “You will feel better tomorrow” and I believed it each and every time she said it.

This is the day some individuals start to waiver on their “can-do” attitude and “conquer-it-all” spirit.  Having positive friends, family or their new TN team around them often determines their attitude here. The earlier and more you can surround yourself and your new team members with positive influences the better; especially if there are any setbacks, “no’s,” or it isn’t going as planned.

4th & 5th day (Wednesday & Thursday)

I’m pretty much sick of being sick. I’m a “go-getter,” so to rest and recover was tough mentally. At this point in my mind, I’ve rested some, drank liquids, took medicine and I wasn’t better, so negative thoughts were creeping in fast. Plus, I was checking email and opened an email from a friend with the statistics on the people who are dying from the flu and how widespread it is and how I needed to take care of myself. I realized it was time to regroup, focus on my faith, and start counting my blessings more than my burdens. Of course, this is easier said than done when negative thoughts creep in, but an important leadership lesson for all because negative thoughts occur!

Important step when feeling down on anything is to regroup, focus, and count your blessings to push out the inevitable negative thoughts!

6th day (Friday)

I woke up and the severe body aches were gone. I finally had made forward progress until this point each and every other day when someone asked, “how are you?” or “are you feeling better?” The answer was “not good” and “no not any better,” my family really didn’t even want to ask anymore because it was disheartening to ask and hear “nope not better.” So, it was a great moment and it was the positive push I needed to get my mojo back. What I didn’t know was I was going to get over the flu and then get bronchitis and start this emotional roller coaster all over again.

Lesson in a nutshell: You will have up’s and down’s in business, in parenting, in goal-setting, with new projects and in all aspects of life! We all have days of no progress and negativity creeping in. It’s the determination to get past the negative. Find the positive, be persistent, have an attitude of gratitude that will get you through it. And I find it’s invaluable to surround yourself with more encouraging people than negative and to decide to not give up regardless of how you feel or what you are going through. Go forward anyhow, look for the best and then become an encouraging friend or business partner to help others do the same.


Warm regards and wishing you good health & encouraging friends on your leadership journey!



  1. Tyson King Reply

    This is so good Angela. I must be honest, this is the first time I have read these blogs and man are they good. Thanks for the message and it is so true. You are the best and I’m glad you took one for the team to get sick so you could have this great analogy. Thanks 🙂

  2. Lisa Thibodeaux Reply

    This is such an encouraging word. Like Tyson, this is also my first time to read this blog and I feel as if I’ve found some “gold” … I will be promoting this to my team for sure!!

    We are so very blessed to have been introduced to this awesome company and truly are thankful for the positive and inspiring leadership you provide. May God continue to bless you and your family!!

  3. GEORGE Edwards Reply

    Wow! Thanks I really needed that, the power of positivity can truly make a huge difference in your business. (So as a man thinks, so is he). The power of imagination gives us the ability to speak our dreams into existence.

  4. Jeanie Foster Reply

    Thanks so much Angela! A wonderful reframe… since I am walking thru some health issues with those ups and downs… Your words gave language to what I was feeling in mine… And encouragement as I’m on the other side!! It was my first time to read your notes… I’m looking forward to hearing more from you! A real delight! Jeanie Foster

  5. Rozita Nelson Reply

    Thanks for sharing your experience Angela. I always enjoy your words of encouragement. Because you understand that it’s one thing to talk the talk. And then when it comes down to the tightrope, can a person walk the walk? There is no grey area!
    I was thinking this morning, as a matter of fact, I wrote a Facebook post about making a decision to dive deeper into my own personal growth after hearing the countless stories from so many leaders from the stage at convention. So that when the next storm comes my way, I’ll be better able to face it head-on than I ever have before.
    These blogs have captured my attention! Thanks again for taking the time to share.

  6. Wanda Gaines Reply

    Hi Angela, thank you so much for sharing. I’m in the process of regrouping after the recent death of my only biological grandchild who was only 26. Your honesty and tenacity encourages me to “Press My Way Through”! My Why has changed and each time I do a spin it is In Memory of Lea. My immediate Dream is to sponsor 3 youths with Type I Diabetes to Camp Sweeney each Summer. My ultimate Dream is to build a Health Care Facility for Children with Type I Diabetes, at no cost to the Family. It will be in Memory of LeaSimone. Thanks for all you do for us all. Blessings on you and your Family.

    This was an optional assignment from my up line Double Platinum Donna Gantt. I figured if I want to reach the level she’s at I need to do what she recommends. I’m glad I did and I will continue.

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