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Making Lemonade

We have all heard the expression “when life hands you a lemon, make lemonade”, but how many of us really try to apply that advice? More often than not, we tend to dwell on the bad luck or the unfortunate events or situations we find ourselves in.  I am sure we can all think of at least one example of something that at first seemed to be a problem or bad news that turned out to be a great opportunity.

When we are faced with what appears to be bad news, it seems natural to become discouraged and maybe even want to give up.  However, this may be the opportunity we have been looking for to create success.

Fortunately for most of us, there is a brighter side and often a lesson to be learned. Even in tough economic times, we can use those lemons to create business and personal success.  In my case, many years ago I was faced with what I thought was really bad news.  However once I re-evaluated the situation, I discovered this “lemon” that was handed to me was in fact a fantastic opportunity.  Instead of continuing to dwell on the negatives associated with a company re-organization, I used that opportunity to obtain a management position.  What at first seemed like it might have been a career set-back for me, making lemonade turned out to be a huge boost to my career.