Bring Your Courage to Work
“Courage calls each of us differently, at different times, in different forms. But in every case, it is, as they say, coming from inside the house.” -Ryan Holiday
When we think of courage, we often think of facing extreme danger: the lion in the Serengeti, the wildfire in the mountains, the tidal wave at sea. But just as often, we are called upon to be courageous in our daily lives over less extreme events, such as what to do when a coworker lies, when to pull the plug on a client relationship, how to ask for a raise.
I recently read Ryan Holiday’s Courage is Calling and I highly recommend it. His teachings on courage and stoicism offer five key steps that have helped me approach risk management with a rational and principled mindset.
- Embrace challenges
- Maintain emotional control
- Focus on what you can control
- Learn continuously
- Practice with integrity
Specialty lending requires a level of courage, resilience, and adaptability. Holiday’s stoic principles have guided me through navigating the complexities of this niche market with confidence.
As a team, nFusion faces those complexities with courage and ingenuity. This year has seen us successfully transition the transportation portfolio, help clients in bankruptcies or wind downs, and pitch in when we lose a team member. All the while, we continue to look forward and control what we have in front of us with cross functional team collaboration that helps protect the nFusion portfolio and our clients.