My sister often writes me little notes and sometime ago, she left me a note with this quote by Vivian Greene: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

I think this is such an appropriate quote for the world we live in today.

We are going through a period of tremendous change in the world, especially in the area of employment.

I often meet people in my work who have lost their job or have had to leave because of all the changes that their company is going through.

And even if they don’t actually say it, I sense their concern. They worry: “What if I don’t find a job like this again?” 

This is valid concern, but when we start “wearing the concern”, our energy shifts and we give off a vibe that cuts opportunities away from us.

I often wondered why when I placed two equally qualified people in front of my clients, one would get the job and the other would not. I am sure it has to do with how the candidates projected themselves.

Without knowing it, we project thoughts we think even if we don’t articulate them openly.

Someone who believes that there are more than enough opportunities out there for him behaves, speaks and walks in a different way from someone who thinks that “there are no suitable jobs out there”.

I know of two people who gave me examples of dancing in the rain recently.

The first is a senior executive who left his company; he was shattered and confused to start with.

He found himself a coach and he started rebuilding his presence in the market.

He went out to meet recruiters and he networked actively. Within six months he ended up with C-level role with a much better package.

The other person runs her own business and she was telling me about meeting a customer who wasn’t happy with her company’s service.

She told me how she met the customer, addressed her concerns and managed to make the woman smile again.

This is what “dancing in the rain” is about — you face your challenge with a positive mind and an inner confidence that tells you that you will always find a way.

Sometimes when we are challenged, we need to be vigilant about our thoughts. It is easy to drift into “negative” thinking — but the people who thrive in adversity are those who focus on what they want instead of what they don’t want.

And then they take the necessary actions towards the outcome they want. Once they do the work, they know how to let go without losing their focus on their end goal. So, when they face minor hurdles along the way, they smile and see it as an opportunity to dance in the rain.

When the next challenge comes along, try “dancing in the rain” for a sense of freedom and release ... see all the goodness that life has to offer. Remember, hold your head up, look up to the sky with arms outstretched and smile!

Article by Laletha Nithiyanandan, an entrepreneur with more than 30 years’ experience in talent acquisition and management. Her latest venture is Talent Design Potential (TDP-Asia), which specialises in executive search. Follow her on her Linkedin group, Positive Leadership Impact or read more inspiring articles in her blog at