Navigating the Curves of Life

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Life has a way of throwing you curveballs from time to time. Right now I am standing here on Lombard Street in San Francisco. (If you look up images of this street, you will see that it is a curvy street. In fact, some people call it the curviest street in the world.) Beth and I were just driving our vehicle down this street. As we were driving down I thought, “I've got to write about this street because there has to be a leadership lesson here somewhere.” The first thought that came to my mind as I was brainstorming this with Beth was how life has a way of throwing us curve balls. You’ll be leading and you’ll be going a certain direction then boom, something changes. Curveballs are just part of life. Curveballs are a part of leading, and the ones that succeed are the ones that learn to adapt.

Maybe you’re at a point in your life, in your family, in your business, or in a relationship where it's like you’re just taking these curves, and you didn't see them coming. Let me just mention a few things to help. Number one: recognize that the curve could be a blessing in disguise. The nice thing about curveballs, curves, and unexpected turns in your life/ministry/business are that they make you stop and evaluate where you have been, where you are now, and where you want to go. Look at it as a blessing.

Here’s the deal: when life throws you curveballs, be willing to adapt. Learn and evaluate. Remember when Beth and I started at the top of the hill, and we drove down the hill? (I know you are reading all of this, and it may be hard to imagine this road, so you really need to go over to my YouTube channel and watch this video. I want you to see how curvy this road is.) When life sends you curveballs and when you turn and curve, you end up down here anyway. You often end up in the same place. If you are willing to adapt, if you are willing to learn, and if you allow those changes and those curves to help, you will grow. Well friends, from Lombard Street in San Francisco, California, be willing to embrace changes. Be willing to take the curves when they come in your business, in your ministry, and in your family. Be willing to learn from them, and they will help you grow to be a better leader.

Your #1 fan,


Ryan Frank