THE QUESTION

Before the breakthrough

Carla Cohen, who died recently, was as well-known in the D.C. area as a bookstore owner could be. But before she co-founded the renowned Politics & Prose decades ago, she lost her job, and it took her a couple of years to resolve to pursue something "that would bring nothing but pleasure to other people." Have you ever had a fallow period that eventually led to a breakthrough? How did you get out of it?

Posted by Success Editors on October 18, 2010 12:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Focus, focus, focus

Getting out of a fallow period meant taking action on the things I knew I needed to do all along.

Posted by Misti Burmeister, on October 18, 2010 12:00 AM

Ups, downs, breakthroughs

How do I get out of a period of stagnation? Well, I've designed elaborate schemes and rituals, but I have a sneaking suspicion they all boil down to waiting for time to pass. Ups and downs are part of my life.

Posted by Seth Kahan, on October 18, 2010 12:00 AM

Torts terrors

On graduation day from law school, I opened the program to be sure my name was listed. I was there! Never had a graduation meant so much to me.

Posted by Patricia McGuire, on October 18, 2010 12:00 AM

Adapt and overcome

By being knocked down, I was forced to look inward and rely on my true strengths and passion. That gave me the energy to forge another path.

Posted by Virginia Bianco-Mathis, on October 18, 2010 12:00 AM

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timflowers: Life-changing events, such as the loss of a job or spouse, can actually be quite freeing. Once you get past the initial panic and terror, yo...

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