I love the idea behind the 'The Amazing Race'!
Being dropped into the middle of a foreign land and scrambling to communicate, complete a task, and make it to the finish line! Growing up globally gave me the gift to be able to quickly adapt to different cultures and norms.
Life's speed bumps I've run into as an adult haven't pulled me back either, they simply changed my life's trajectory.
Here's an example - As a new substitute teacher in 1998, I accepted a month long position at a high school for Severely Emotionally Disturbed students with Behavioral Disabilities. "You CHOSE this position?" many teachers said. Sans textbooks, teaching unfamiliar Chemistry & Physics - I thrived and my students thrived. I stayed for the year until the school closed. I went on to help change Special Education in CA. Leaving the field to work (globally again) as an Executive Personal Assistant in the Urban Growth & Economics field.
My ability to thrive under pressure and find creative solutions to unforeseen obstacles have given me opportunities to experience real life and move forward - personally and professionally.
A quote from Sarah Blakely from Addicted2Success was posted by someone I follow on Twitter recently: "My dad encouraged us to fail growing up, he would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn't have something, he would be disappointed. It changed my mindset at an early age that failure is not the outcome, failure is not trying. Don't Be Afraid to Fail!"
Most of us weren't encouraged to fail when we were young, but what if we could change the way we think about failure now? What if we could see it as a 'Blessing in Disguise'?