Making the best of a bad situation


One compelling option for making the best of a bad situation is to shake things up by doing something that probably won’t work - or at least something you wouldn’t normally do. You’ll probably learn something, and really, how much worse could things realistically get?

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Less direct, still counts


There are a million paths to the goal. There always are. Some are obvious, but some are not. If you’re having trouble, maybe you can find a way around.

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Positive reinforcement


I tell the dog he’s a good dog about thirty times a day. Even when he’s just sitting there doing nothing, I still tell him how good a job he’s doing.

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Pretending to know what you’re doing is indistinguishable from actually knowing what you’re doing far more often than it has any right to be.

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The brain is a machine for pattern recognition


I worked at a place once where the doorknob shocked me about half the time. There was some kind of static buildup in the door knob or the carpet or whatever, and when I went to go in it would often discharge itself harmlessly, and almost-but-not-quite-painlessly, into my unsuspecting hand.

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