An Ode to Adversity

The priest who spoke at the graduation of my younger son, Quinn, from Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, Connecticut, began his address by saying, “We are blessed with challenges.” That was 2004. I thought he was a lunatic. This is 2020, the year of COVID-19. Now I know he was right.

We are blessed with the challenges of reorientation, of restoring our resourcefulness, of rediscovering our shared humanity.

All of those challenges are blessings. In that spirit, then, I offer this short video.

Mark O'Brien
Mark O'Brienhttps://obriencg.com/
I’m a business owner. My company — O’Brien Communications Group (OCG) — is a B2B brand-management and marketing-communication firm that helps companies position their brands effectively and persuasively in industries as diverse as: Insurance, Financial Services, Senior Living, Manufacturing, Construction, and Nonprofit. We do our work so well that seven of the companies (brands) we’ve represented have been acquired by other companies. OCG is different because our business model is different. We don’t bill by the hour or the project. We don’t bill by time or materials. We don’t mark anything up. We don’t take media commissions. We pass through every expense incurred on behalf of our clients at net. We scope the work, price the work, put beginning and end dates on our engagements, and charge flat, consistent fees every month for the terms of the engagements. I’m also a writer by calling and an Irish storyteller by nature. In addition to writing posts for my company’s blog, I’m a frequent publisher on LinkedIn and Medium. And I’ve published three books for children, numerous short stories, and other works, all of which are available on Amazon under my full name, Mark Nelson O’Brien.
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JoAnna Bennett
JoAnna Bennett

Thank you for this sentiment in such uncertain times. We are in this together. We’ll rally. We have to. It’s been my M.O. for quite some time now anyway, and I’m not ready to give up.

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