Why We Should All Be More Like Hurricane Hermine

Last week, my town of Tallahassee Florida suffered a direct blow from Hurricane Hermine.

As a native Floridian, this was actually the first hurricane I’ve been smack-dab in the middle of.

I was one of the fortunate ones; power back on in 24 hours, internet and cable within three days. Many are still without.

As I rode out the storm in total darkness, and as I’ve watched clean-up efforts all over the city, I got to thinking about the lessons we can all take from a hurricane.

Not the obvious ones about disaster preparedness or not driving through flooded areas.

The ones about life.

About how we should all show up.

So here are the lessons I learned from Hurricane Hermine:

## Have a path planned for your life, but be open to a mid-course change.

Initially, Hermine was predicted to hit between Tallahassee and Tampa, but along the way she decided to visit the capital city directly, so she shifted her position accordingly.

Here’s the message: It’s important to have a plan for your life—and it’s equally important to be flexible so that you can respond to opportunities as they are presented by your higher power (the universe, God, whomever). Enjoy the ri de.

## You WANT people to know you’re coming before you get there.

Hermine was all the talk for several days before her arrival. Emergency organizations, stores, and individuals changed their plans and prepared for her arrival.

Here’s the message: You want people talking about you, thinking about you, excited to see you come (preferably in a happy way; not dreading or fearing you as we did Hermine). Whether you’re employed by someone else or self-employed, this is free advertising that is priceless for your brand.

## Make an entrance.

Hermine didn’t slink into town; she made a grand entrance with lots of fanfare.

Here’s the message: Stand in your power, radiate confidence and authority, and do what you’re uniquely qualified to do. Hopefully, your grand entrance won’t involve downed power lines and snapped trees, but you get the idea.

Wherever you go, change that place and its people.

Clearly, I’m not talking about the destruction and loss that Hermine caused, but to truly effect people, there must be some type of change.

Here’s the message: Vanilla doesn’t cut it. My favorite quote is “Love me or hate me, but spare me your indifference.” You are uniquely qualified to do what you do, assuming you’re doing what you were put on this earth to do. Do it! Do it big, do it with love and compassion, do it with authority and strength. Just do it!

Go forth and change your world for good!

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