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"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." - Alan Watts
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Remember when they updated the office software and everyone freaked out? Two weeks later and you’re basically an expert, showing interns the ropes. Changes is often time uncomfortable, but most of the time for the better. Try to be patient.
Focus on New Opportunities
"When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us." - Helen Keller
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So you had your sights set on that big-name IPO, hoping to snag it at a low. Missed the boat? While you're waiting for its price to dip, there's an underrated stock right under your nose, showing all the signs of a sleeper hit. Remember, there's no such thing as the "best" opportunity, only the right opportunity at the right time. Just keep looking.
"Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck." - Dalai Lama
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It's like missing out on the promotion but then realizing your new position doesn’t have to deal with Ted from accounting. Bottom line is, it's not worth your energy and health to dwell on what didn't pan out, but rather to appreciate the unexpected perks that come your way.
The Temporary Nature of Hard Times
"The darkest hour has only sixty minutes." - Morris Mandel
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You know that post-night out morning? Waking up with a hangover so stupid, by afternoon you're still utterly miserable, fancying the thoughts of being a snack for a zombie wouldn't be so bad. Yet, by 6-ish, miraculously, you find yourself out with friends, laughing and ready for round two. Work setbacks? They're kind of like that. Intense and brutal in the moment, but always fleeting. Always remember the 6-ish turnaround.
The Power of Resilience
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucius
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Remember that epic blunder from back in the day? The one where you played the Christmas party slideshow instead of the annual report? Embarrassing, sure. But fast forward, this time, your teammate brings the wrong USB to a crucial meeting. Thanks to your prior misadventure, you stay cool as a cucumber, having the receptionist from the office sync it to the cloud just in time. Just keep in mind, there are no useless failures. But believe it or not, there are actually useless wins.
Self-Belief and Overcoming Obstacles
"Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle." - Christian D. Larson
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Ever had one of those days where everything goes sideways and you're pretty sure your horoscope warned you? Yet, despite the cosmic mischief, you pulled through. Whether you're decoding complex contracts, or navigating spreadsheet mazes, it's these very 'chaos days' that season you most. Think of them as the universe's cheeky way of leveling up your professional game. Unrequested, yes, but oh so character-building.
Turning Curveballs into Home Runs
"Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it." - Charles R. Swindoll
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Shit happens in life, just like accidentally hit 'Reply All' with an embarrassing or even offensive message and there's no undoing. The only option is to pivot to what comes next. Start with a lighthearted subject, perhaps something like "The Perils of 'Reply All'". Then, weave in a genuine apology, sprinkle some self-deprecating humor, and round it off with a pledge to attending the "Email For Dummies" seminar. When life throws curveballs, it's not about the unexpected, but how you respond. Each twist and turn can be an opportunity in disguise; it's all in your approach and resilience.
Taking Control of Your Destiny
"The best way to predict your future is to create it." - Peter Drucker
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Working 9-5 can feel like you're stuck in an endless Trap rap loop, but remember, it's always about how you interpret your life: the office grind isn’t all there is to life. Just in it for the paycheck? No shame in that. Streamline your tasks and set boundaries — remember, sometimes a 'no' is all it takes. Love your job but feel shortchanged? Time to level up those skills, making you as indispensable as that Monday morning coffee to secure your next big raise. Remember, life’s road has many lanes, even if at times it feels like a never-ending Zoom call.
Embracing the Unexpected
"Act without expectation." - Lao Tzu
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Ever had something turn out better than expected? Perhaps that office dinner party introduced you to some fascinating colleagues, or that peculiar recipe was surprisingly delightful. Instead of approaching new situations burdened by past disappointments, consider stepping in with an open mind. Yes, you might still encounter the occasional overly talkative date or that persistent noisy neighbor. Yet, by sidelining biases, you might just discover unexpected joys. Life, much like that unexpected party hit, is full of hidden surprises. The key? Dive in, leaving judgment at the door.
From Detour to Delightful Journey
"Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us." - Nicole Reed
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Every experience, good or bad, teaches us something valuable and shapes us into who we are meant to be. Trust the process, and try to find the lessons in every situation.
In life, just like on the court, you're going to face obstacles. Sometimes, no matter how hard you push, you hit a wall. That's when it's time to pivot and find a new angle. It's not about pushing harder, it's about being smarter, and finding a different way forward. Adaptability is a strength, not a weakness. Don't be afraid to change your game plan. The goal remains the same, but sometimes the path to get there needs to change. It’s okay to take a step back, reassess, and come up with a new strategy. Stay flexible, stay focused, and remember, it’s not about the number of times you fall down, but the number of times you get back up and find a new way forward.