Do you have a purpose-driven life? Or are you among the multitude of regular Joe's who have not identified or achieved their purpose? Because you are living without or in search of purpose, you are therefore inferior to those who are driven toward some great plan. Right?
What truly matters is how you choose to handle these setbacks. By focusing on positivity and recognizing that those who you trust the most may disappoint you at some point, you may move on and learn from these life lessons.
In business, small things that appear outside your control can happen all the time, such as the awkward customer who is never happy regardless of what you do, or the company that's not paying your invoice despite frequent reminders.
How does an Olympian prepare mentally for a once-in-a-lifetime event that can literally be over in seconds, but its results will last for the rest of his or her life? Surprisingly, in a very similar way as businessmen and women prepare for big projects.
Whether it's a failed relationship, a bad career move, or a project that went bust, stuff happens in life and we often can't control the outcome. We can, though, learn to go a little more with the flow.
The issue isn't really about the jobs that went to someone else, or the awards or the roles. Those disappointments are devastating, period. But it's how we fight back, not to show that they were wrong, but to convince ourselves we were right.
My friends and I have what we call wine emergencies. Anytime someone is feeling overwhelmed by raising children, a husband who doesn't always quite "get it," a bad day at work or all of the above, we can call a wine emergency.