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Many times disasters and/or tragedies spawn incredible accomplishments and enormous progress. A tornado in August of 1883 devastated Rochester, Minnesota, and yet from those ashes came the world-famous Mayo Clinic.
According to Daniel J. Murphy in a recent article in Investors Daily, “Mother Alfred Moes, the
founder of the Sisters of St. Francis, brought her untrained nuns to assist in nursing those who had been injured in the tornado. While there, she convinced the leading town doctor to head an unbuilt hospital she would raise funds to construct. That physician and surgeon’s name was William Worral Mayo and the hospital, St. Mary’s was forerunner to and still affiliated with the world-famous Mayo Clinic.”
In the early part of this century, the boll weevil devastated southern cotton crops, hitting particularly hard in southern Alabama. The disaster was a wake-up call for the need to diversify. The farmers of that area started raising peanuts, soybeans, corn, sorghum, fresh vegetables, and more. The economy improved so much that the residents of Enterprise, Alabama, actually built a monument to the boll weevil in the center of town.
In my life a seeming disaster was a blessing in disguise, tells Zig Ziglar. I was quickly approaching the publication date for my first book, “See You At The Top,” when my gall-bladder ruptured.
Because I was unable to travel, my heavy speaking schedule came to an abrupt halt for twenty-two days. During nineteen of those twenty-two days, I was able to work ten to twelve hours a day while lying in bed or sitting quietly in a chair. had I not had those hours, the book would not have met the deadline.
Message: When disaster strikes, ask, What good can come of it? In many cases, you’ll discover that a temporary disaster can turn into long-term grain.
Written by Zig Ziglare
Excerpt from “Something To Smile About”