Woes and Troubles




Dear Friends and Pep Pals,
I apologize for the delay in getting you the daily Yes I Can Pep Talks posts.  I was in a location of very limited Internet and computer access so I wasn’t able to jump on this in a timely manner.  I apologize.
Your Friend and Pep Pal,


You ought to be glad for the troubles on your job because they provide about half your income. If it were not for the things that go wrong, the difficult people with whom you deal, and the problems of your working day, someone could be found to handle your job for half of what you are being paid. So start looking for more troubles. Learn to handle them cheerfully and with good judgment, as opportunities rather than irritations, and you will find yourself getting ahead at a surprising rate. For there are plenty of big jobs waiting for people who are not afraid of troubles. ~Robert Updegraff


Last week we talked about betrayals and 6 tips to take care of yourself when this happens.  In light of this, I read a post by Michael Hyatt where he talks about troubles and how they are a good thing.

I thought his post makes an excellent point that the quality of your troubles is an indicator of how well you’re progressing.  If you’re continually having the nearly exact same type of problem over and over, then you are not “learning the lesson”.  You are not moving forward.

You can measure your forward progress by the problems you’re facing.  Either you have new problems and have to learn a whole new skill set and strategy regarding how to solve them, or, if you are seeing the same or similar problems, you should be seeing a different aspect of them.  You should be solving different layers of the problem–a deeper/higher level of the problem.  You should find yourself growing and developing in new ways.

I’ve been mindful about adopting this attitude when faced with problems and it has helped.  Of course it doesn’t make my problems disappear (drat!!) but it improves my frame of mind going into it and I know that, even though it might be difficult, I’ll come out more resilient, more knowledgeable, and more experienced.  And that’s always a good thing!

I hope this post and Michael’s post help you look at your problems in a new light.

Let me know in the comments section below if you have any questions.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


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