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Challenge Accepted: Overcoming Adversity to Thrive – What We Can Learn From History

Challenge Accepted: Overcoming Adversity to Thrive – What We Can Learn From History

February 23, 2022

The last couple of years have certainly been filled with unexpected challenges for many people ranging from job losses or changes, health-related issues due to Covid-19, and learning to live in the “new normal”, which for many of us hasn’t been easy.

But we are hopeful that we are finally rounding the corner and as Americans, we have a history of persevering in the face of adversity. If you’re like many people today, you may be asking yourself, “Where do I go from here?” We think the answer is simple: “You go forward”. 

We look to the past for inspiration – and in a Pew Research Center study it showed that Americans think back to the most significant historic events of their lifetime, three had the greatest impact1. They are:

  • The moon landing – a triumph of perseverance and technology that shows the power of planning and will
  • Response to 9/11 – a time of frightening adversity when Americans came together to prove the power of positive action and optimism
  • Technology transformation – a period of rapid change and progress that showed how vision and innovation drive results.

These three challenges that Americans have overcome, have also inspired us to move ahead with great confidence and pride over the course of our lives and to realize that with planning and determination, we can overcome any adversity. Those lessons can also help you move forward in your own financial life.

Here’s what we’ve discovered it’s important to do: 

  • Set goals, develop a plan, and adjust your plan as needed
  • Keep moving forward with optimism to fuel your resiliency
  • Embrace financial innovation and forward-thinking to adapt and help grow
  • Be decisive when needed and take action

I invite you to Accept the Challenge and face your financial future with confidence by downloading our inspiring and compelling brochure, Challenge Accepted: A history – and future – of taking action on the Home page of my website 

If you have any questions about your financial present or future, or want to have a conversation about your next steps, please reach out to me by phone, 732-623-2070 or email, I always welcome your comments and questions and look forward to speaking with you!

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

1 Pew Research Center, “Americans Name the Ten Most Significant Historic Events of Their Lifetimes”, December 2016,  

Saul Simon is a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors. Securities and investment advisory services offered through Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., a broker/dealer (Member SIPC) and registered investment advisor. Insurance offered through Lincoln affiliates and other fine companies. Simon Financial Group is a marketing name for registered representatives of Lincoln Financial Advisors.