Saturday, May 26, 2012

Turning a Negative Into a Positive

The email was disappointing.  The selection committee rejected me.  Unfortunately, I will not be hired as the communications coordinator for the University of Iowa, a highly coveted position at one of the best writing schools in the United States.  How does one turn such devastating news into a positive?  As a person who has struck out more times than most people you know, let me share how I'm turning a negative into a positive:

  1. I'm sending an email to the leader of the selection committee asking her to share specific feedback about my background so that I can continue to improve my writing talents.
  2. I believe that as good a fit as I thought I was for this job, God has a better plan for my life and I will follow God's plan.
  3. I refuse to concentrate on what I don't have.  Instead, I'm thankful for the one company who eagerly pursued me for help introducing Costco to a brand new market right in my own backyard.  The total time elapsed from filling out an online application to being offered the marketing job was only seven days. 
  4. I will find a way to use my writing talents to serve my new employer.  Costco is very good at promoting from within.  If I continue to refine my writing talents, I have a great shot at one day helping my new boss with one of the most popular magazines in the world, Costco Connections.  This magazine is read by over 8 million members every month.  
  5. I'm learning that I do not control the way the wind blows.  Like the eagle who sees the storm coming from afar, I face the storm with my wings wide open, ready to be lifted above it when in hits.  The force of the wind lifts me above the clouds and I float high above.
Would you like to share a time in your life when you turned a negative into a positive?  Please add your comments below.


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