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    My Secret Hack For Making The Most Out of A Bad Situation

    During the summer of my junior year in college, I decided to give the always challenging door to door sales a try; selling educational resources in the lovely town of Bristol, CT.

    I'm not sure why I voluntarily signed up to work 70-80 hours knocking on doors under the hot east coast sun, but there I was trying to sling some books.

    Unlike 95% of my door to door colleagues who had a car to navigate their selling territory, I was armed with a bike and some sunscreen.

    One morning, fresh off a sale, I set my bike down and went to knock on yet another door.

    While the mother of 3 who answered wasn't interested, she invited me in for a cold glass of lemonade.

    It was the best glass of lemonade I ever had.

    When I was done, I walked out the door eager to head to my next house, only to realize that my bike was no longer there.

    I looked left.

    I looked right.


    My bike had been stolen.

    Not exactly a great way to start the day.

    Fortunately, the program I was with for the summer taught us that no matter how bad things may seem, there's virtually always something GOOD that can come out of a given situation.

    Throughout our training they always challenged us to come up with three positive things if we found ourselves in a bad situation.

    So given my bike had just been stolen, I decided to put the exercise to the test.

    One: I no longer had a bike, but at least walking door to door would be good exercise and I could enjoy the incredibly bumpy bike paths on foot.

    Two: The bike I had been using was in pretty bad shape with a bent tire which rubbed against the brakes when I rode. Now I could invest in a new bike guilt free and not have to pedal 3x as hard.

    Struggling to find a 3rd 'positive' out of the situation, I kicked my creativity muscle into gear.

    Settling on the perfect #3.

    Three: Whoever stole my bike, likely didn't know the brakes didn't work and we were on top of a steep hill.

    Karma works in funny ways.

    I lasted only a few weeks selling door to door before I decided my time was better spent elsewhere.

    But at least I came away with an exercise I've used hundreds of times ever since.

    If you find yourself in a bad situation, try listing out 3 positives, it really can change the entire course of your day. :)

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