Happy Friday all! I don’t have much to say in the way of personal finance this morning, but I did want to share a story about an incident that happened yesterday that got me to thinking about goals and overcoming setbacks.
As most of you know I live and work in Atlanta, Georgia. All of the stories you hear about the horrendous traffic are 100% true, and I end up working late at my office in my efforts to not spend an hour out of my day on what would otherwise be a 20 minute commute. I usually spend this extra hour working on my blog or my book.
I came in on Thursday morning and booted up my computer, and about a half hour later everything in my cubicle went dead. KA-POOF! This has been an issue before, no big deal. I take my computer and plug it into another outlet on the other side of the office. Nothing. I even go so far as to switch out the laptop battery with a spare one we had (while still plugged into the wall outlet) and nothing. Nothing!
At this point I am freaking out because I assume its a motherboard issue on my computer since it doesn’t appear to be the battery. The only reason I really care is because the ENTIRE first draft of the book is on my work computer and (like an idiot) I did not back -up my work…or even email a copy to myself.
Panic. Panic. Panic. What am I going to do? It’s taken me two months to get this far, and I hadn’t even sent the draft out for edits. It is hard to put into words how upset I was. All of that work! I began thinking about what I’d have to do next; if I wanted to finish the book in time for the contest, there was only one option: allow myself to be upset for a day, and then start over. Either I do this, or I give up. I suppose your choice in the matter depends on how much you want to accomplish your goals.
If you think about it, those are the only two ways to overcome setbacks, and it is shockingly simple. You either move forward, or you give up. There really is no in between or gray area when it comes to taking charge of your life. No one wants to hear about the great book I wrote, but lost, or give me a pat on the back for writing the first draft and then stopping. We either rise to the challenge, or we don’t, it is just that plain and simple. I’ll have to keep this in mind the next time something complicated gets shucked my way.
As for my computer, the end is a happy one! What are the odds that the next outlet I plugged my computer into (in a different part of the office no less!) was also dead. I finally found an outlet that worked, plugged my computer in and voila! You can bet your bippy the first thing I did was back-up my work AND email myself a copy. You know, just in case I happen to misplace a thumb drive,
which I have been known to do on more than one occasion.
I think the video below is a perfect example of how disorienting it can be to lose all your work. Enjoy, and have a great weekend!!