How Do Successful People Handle Adversity?

How do successful people handle adversity in their lives? One leader who we can learn from is Tony Petrello. As the leader of a world-wide oil and gas drilling company, Petrello represents a person Tony Petrello found success. He also defies the norms that we normally apply to oil executives.

He was raised in Newark, New Jersey, in a working class Italian-American family. He was a public school scholarship student of Yale undergraduate, and did not let that give him an inferiority complex when he interacted with others. He was an excellent student of mathematics and then law, and had a successful career in law before becoming an oil executive. Through out all of his success, he stays humble. In reaction to adversity, he is quick to surrender and yet does not fail to act. When his wife gave birth to his daughter who was diagnosed with a neurological disorder, Tony Petrello handled situation with grace and logic. He said, “You realize that your time here on earth is short and you want to make a difference,” Petrello says. “You don’t have time to feel sorry for yourself.”

As a self identified mathematician, who holds a bachelors as well as masters in math, Tony Petrello is one to look up to when it comes to applied logic. In the face of adversity, Tony Petrello applied his training. He found the logical next steps. As he said, there is no time for self-pity. Instead of worrying over the situation without taking action, Petrello and his wife took action in a big way.

While researching the condition that their daughter was born with, periventricular leukomalacia (PVL), the couple realized that there was a business significant lack of research in the area of care of children with neurological diseases. In a pragmatic way, Petrello saw this lack and then asked himself what he could do to help to fill it. This led to a world-wide search into research institutions, and a collaboration with the Texas Children’s Hospital.

Petrello now serves as the chair of the Children’s Hospital Board, and contributes time, energy, and resources into fundraising for the research that will help children with diseases similar to his daughters.

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