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Part: V Capturing and Keeping the Job > What to Do When Everything Seems to Be ...

Chapter 29. What to Do When Everything Seems to Be Going Wrong

Have you had those days when everything seems to be going wrong? It's like having the Midas touch in reverse—instead of things turning to gold, you touch them and they turn to lead. Such experiences not only leave us feeling upset and frustrated, they also make us start reflecting: Why is this happening? What am I doing wrong? Who could be doing this to me? And so on. The process is a little like what we as a nation are now going through as so many things are going wrong in our national life—from dot.com crashes to the continuing economic doldrums to the increasing instability on the international scene. Apart from the various military and security measures our country is taking recent events have triggered a time of deep national reflection.

What do you do when a series of reverses happens at work or in your life generally—or both? For instance, Sharon, a business consultant, had a series of problems on a day that started out bad and then got much worse. It started with an office computer system upgrade that took longer than expected followed by a call from a client who said his computer crashed, so he needed her to send the report again right away. But she needed to get her own computer working again before she could do that. Unfortunately, after waiting all day to use the computer, it still wasn't done and she had to tell the computer tech to come in the next day as well as call her client to explain the delay.


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