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How to turn failures into opportunities to shine

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A man's favorite horse fell into a deep well. He tried to pull the horse out but his efforts seemed to wane. Then he thought of doing something different and poured soil onto the hole from above. The horse kicked and screamed as it shook the load off his shoulders and stepped on it. Before the horse realized it, the soil was high enough to dig himself out of the well. Both the man and the horse never gave up.

This scenario shows a very interesting success recipe for all of us. People often get trapped in the routine of their professional career with rarely a time for a breather.

Life is no cakewalk. Anyone can feel that life is tough no matter what you do. Even high-income CEOs, managers and new colleagues at work feel down sometimes. There are ways to get out of that dark hole. Well, there is no formula to instantly turn you cheery and bright, but at least you can avoid being a pessimist and gain wisdom to solve problems.

Never allow yourself to be burdened with dejection and despair in the workplace because of others' negative influence. Get motivation from genuinely wise people who turn any setbacks into a platform to come back to life. Never feel sorry for yourself; instead, take each painful experience to make wiser decisions ahead in life. Learn to shake off the heap of hatred and doldrums thrown unto you by others.

If you feel trapped inside your company or stuck somewhere in a wrong relationship, draining out your energy, be willing to acknowledge the worse circumstance as an opportunity to live with grace and joy in the end. Pain is never easy to deal with, and learning how to improve the situation by sincerely looking at it with a positive mindset will surely give you the way out.

In the toughest of times, stand strong and you will make it out of the storm. So shake it off, shake it off, shake it off!

Handy Hints:

• Don't be burdened by negative feedback from colleagues

• Shake off dejection, and stand strong during tough times

• Learn to make wiser decisions and seek guidance of mentors

Click on Change and learn how to embrace it and keep forging ahead

Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company