5 Ways to Benefit from the Bad Things in Life

5 Ways to Benefit from the Bad Things in Life

Sooner or later, something bad will happen to you. A relationship goes bad. You’ll lose your job. You’ll get sick. It happens to everyone. No matter what you do or how you try to protect yourself, you won’t be able to avoid trials and situations that just aren’t fair. While that may sound depressing, when you think about it, it’s a great equalizer. The only difference between you and the richest person in the world is your ability to respond to tragedy and bounce back.

Rather than try to protect yourself against the worst that life can throw at you, consider creating a plan of action for when the inevitable happens. Use the following 5 tips to get started:

1) Expand Your Network. Don’t wait until you need help to try and build your network. Start making new connections today. In any community, the people you meet and the friends you make are the foundations of your personal network. Your network may be your only safety net in times of trouble. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and meet people from outside your current circle of friends. There’s no telling what the future holds. The person you meet today may lead you to your next job, next home, or future spouse.

2) Learn to accept help. It would be nice to be completely self-sufficient. It would also be nice to be a billionaire. Unless you’re one of the lucky few, you’ll probably have to depend on the kindness of strangers. While it may be hard to accept, no one gets through bad things alone. When the time comes, open your heart and open your hands. There’s no greater gift than the ability to be useful.

3) Focus on what’s important. Tragedy has a way of letting you focus on the most important things in life. Don’t wait for bad things to happen before you realize what you really have. Spend time with your family, call old friends, go to the beach, or learn how to play piano. Build a reservoir of positive memories that will help you get through the bad times. When you’re lying in bed at the hospital, getting ready to take your last breath, don’t let your mind be full of regret.

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4) Live for today.
Even though you may feel like you’ve been suffering for a very long time, look for silver linings. If you’re sick, enjoy spending time with friends. Concentrate on making every experience worthwhile. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, find something to appreciate, and even if it’s just the smell of freshly brewed coffee.

5) Remember, nothing is permanent. Things will get better. Over time, the human brain does a marvelous job erasing pain. Patience and a strong support network will carry you through the worst parts of life if you keep working at it. Concentrate on the present and the past will take care of itself.

When you prepare yourself for the inevitability of tragedy, you’ll find that you’ve also prepared yourself for love, joy, and happiness. In the process, you’ll open yourself up to a whole new world of possibilities. In the end, you might even enjoy yourself.

About the author: Seth Gowdy is the Sales Manager for Pivot Insurance and holds multiple insurance and securities' licenses. He has been part of the financial services industry for nearly 20 years. In his free time he enjoys being outdoors fishing, hiking, and geocaching with his wife and two children. Seth most enjoys helping clients with Pivot’s customized process and needs' calculators. You can reach Seth at 1-800-651-1953 or sgowdy@pivot.com.

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