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At the stroke of stress

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 00:00
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Stress is a part of life. It can be associated with everything we do, just about everything we experience: good or bad, positive or negative. It is virtually unavoidable. And, yet, in conversations I’ve had with friends in other industries, wandering through the aftermarket does seem to bring with it more than its fair share of angst and anxiety.

A stroke, on the other hand, is something else entirely. A stroke is, or at least can be, a life-altering, health-threatening event that can leave an individual and/or a family crippled. It is something I have at least a passing acquaintance with because my wife had a “neurological incident” that forever changed both our lives. And while it was never formally diagnosed as a stroke, it was close enough to get our attention.

What about the question of stress and the aftermarket?
Is it valid? Is there an inordinate amount of stress associated with our industry? Are we subjecting ourselves to more than our fair share of anxiety, worry and angst?

Do we recognize the danger and just accept the risk because this is what we do…what we have chosen for our families and ourselves? Or is it possible stress has been so much a part of who we are, what we do and the environment in which we do it, we don’t even realize we’re all drowning in it?

Frankly, I’m not sure I have the answer. I’m not even sure there is an answer. All I am sure of is the question; and, having been asked, I think it’s a question that deserves an answer if not a serious discussion.

I did what my friend asked me to do. I wrote about it. Now it’s your turn. What do you think about stress and a high level of performance in the aftermarket?

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