Resilience and Self-Awareness

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” Lao Tzu

Mike Judge was the kid who was always doodling in class. He would crack his classmates up with the funny caricatures of his teachers.  Of course, along with the admiration, he was told he needed to grow up and get serious. Which he did… for a while. He got a degree in physics and became an engineer. It wasn’t his passion, but he did it.

Until he realized that he could do just what he wanted by using what came naturally.

That realization opened the door wide for him by narrowing his focus.  He started writing animated shorts with reckless abandon. He made the contacts with Comedy Central and MTV.

Many years later with multiple animated series and an Emmy, Mike Judge is enjoying the result of following the beat of his own drummer.

“There’s nothing wrong with jobs and working for other people, he said. But, Judge warned, bosses will be focused on what’s best for them and for their company. What they don’t know is what’s best for you. Only you know that. And whether you’re working for yourself or for someone else, always try to find that and know that.”

What drives you? What matters most to you?

Self-aware people know what they are good at; know what they think, and how they feel. Take a step towards self-awareness today by taking our Resilience at Work Questionnaire.


About karlinsloan

Karlin Sloan has committed herself to finding out what makes great leaders tick, and to supporting leaders to be the change they wish to see in the world. As a corporate citizen she is an advocate for triple-bottom-line reporting, for creating sustainable ways of working and living, and for creating positive organizational communities that work together for the greater good. She is the author of the acclaimed business book Smarter, Faster, Better; Strategies for Effective, Enduring, and Fulfilled Leadership which has been translated into Thai and Russian, UNFEAR: Facing Change in an Era of Uncertainty, and co-author of the 2012 book Lemonade: The Leaders Guide to Resilience at Work. For more information see or
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