A couple weeks ago, I was in Tokyo eating an authentic Sumo Wrestler meal called Chanko Nabe.
It’s a hot pot filled with veggies, fish and other meats. And MAN is it good! Apparently, sumo wrestlers eat one of these per day. For us, it took three people just to take one down.
But what really struck me about Tokyo was this:
This mega-city has grown to 37.8 million people (metro population) despite being destroyed over… and over again by war, fires, tsunamis and earthquakes.
One of the worst was the Great Kanto Earthquake. This 7.9 magnitude earthquake awakened a devastating 40-foot tsunami that swept away coastal villages…dropped dozens of buildings… tipped over stoves and broke gas mains causing fires throughout the city - that then merged into a 300-foot-tall “fire tornado” – called a dragon twist (which the fire department couldn’t do much about because water mains were destroyed).
In a single day, close to half the city was destroyed.
Yet, despite all of these disasters Tokyo has rebounded and emerged stronger.
More fortified. More resilient.
Each time it’s allowed leaders to take a step back and look at how to improve the city.
It’s a similar opportunity after personal failures… setbacks… and rejection…
There’s a choice to rebuild… come back stronger… more prepared… and armed with new knowledge about what to do differently next time.
(Not always easy. But possible)
Some will see it as starting over.
But if you’re honest with yourself, you’re never really starting over - you always lug your knowledge, experience and wisdom on your back and carry it with you wherever you go. You may sometimes forget it’s there… but it’s there.
And tucked in there are the tools and raw materials to rebuild.
After the 2011 earthquake in Japan, rescuers found an elderly couple who’d been trapped for three days in a building. When a reporter asked the husband if he was okay, he smiled at the camera and said, “Let’s rebuild again.” He had survived the 1960 tsunami and knew the drill.
So if you’ve recently faced defeat… failure… or recovering from a setback here’s your chance to rebuild again.