ERIC Number: EJ920045
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 0
Lessons from Cacti: How to Survive the Prickles of Life during Tough Times
Bigger, Alan S.; Bigger, Linda B.
Facilities Manager, v25 n4 p34-39 Jul-Aug 2009
The saguaro cactus looked a little like humans, in different shapes and sizes. How on earth do they survive in a climate that seems so inhospitable? It is possible to learn lessons for life from a cactus, if one can only get beyond the thorns, and that these lessons will assist one to survive during tough or prickly times. These plants survive under great stress of duress, day in and day out, yet in their splendor they can grow to over 50 feet high, weigh eight tons, and live to be well over 100 years old. Like the cacti in the desert there is no doubt that the facilities industry is going through some trying times and that facilities professionals are all under a lot of stress. This article discusses lessons from the saguaro that may be applied to individual and professional lives on a daily basis.
Descriptors: Barriers, Educational Facilities, Facilities Management, Economic Impact, Coping, Change Strategies, Stress Management, Stress Variables, Vignettes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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