They say, "that which does not kill us only makes us stronger". Have you ever been through a trying time and emerged better off because of it? I guess I have two. When I went through a divorce a few years ago, I wasn't really sure where I was going to stay. My parents lived in the same town, but before I left the ex, I might talk to them a handful of times a month. I called them the day I left to give them a heads up. They INSISTED I stay there. Big house....separated living area...plenty of privacy. So, I did. During the time I was there, I grew so much closer to them. We discussed alot of things and really re-connected. Today, I live 1400 miles away and talk to them weekly. My second would be spending two years in a recent job. It was horrible. Unprofessional, incompetent management made alot of days feel like junior high. Plenty of self-serving individuals who would stab you in the back to advance their personal motives. Really....bad. I saw alot of poor management behaviors that seemed like common sense decisions to me. Having management jobs before I took this one made me take a serious look at my management style and personal traits. Now, I am in a new job that requires management of a diverse group of people. The previous job solidified what I already knew in my mind of just how damaging poor leadership can be. It provided further proof of how people want to be treated, and when treated right will work so hard to accomplish common goals. Do you have any life experiences that changed you for the better?