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"Lessons from Cacti: How to Survive the Prickles of Life during Tough Times"
Author: Bigger, Alan S.,Bigger, Linda B.,
Published In: Facilities Manager
Date: July/August 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.

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