Take A Deep Breath and Start Again

A couple of months ago, I was just finishing a large project on the internet and right when I was just about to make my final submission, there was a program error. The screen suddenly closed and I realized I had lost all my hard work.

I had so many different types of emotions.

Anger and disappointment came rushing in at one moment. I had just spend all that time on a project that seemed so great and it was gone in the flash of my eye. I had no energy or excitement to start again.

In that moment I remembered a story my mentor once told me about a similar situation that happened to him, and my problem no longer seemed so big.

Imagine if you worked over 10 years in your own company and all the sudden you lost all of your hard work in just one instant.

How would you feel?

What would you do?

Only imagining that all of the information, hard work, pictures, videos, and all of the time and effort that I have put into my website until now disappeared, takes my breath away.

That is exactly what happened to my mentor many years ago when he was working in his own company of advertising. All the sudden he lost all of the data that he had collected and worked with for the last 10 years: clients designs, pictures, logos etc.

In a disappointing situation like that we are most likely going to go through three phases: 

 We get really angry and we blame the computer.

“I hate this computer! I’m going to throw it out the window…!”

Then we look for someone to blame

“The stupid person that designed this website should’ve made it to where things save along the way. It’s all his fault…!”

We get mad with ourselves.

“I am ridiculous I should’ve guarded that project along the way.”

When I had that moment of frustration, my mentor taught me a very important lesson.

He said, “Sarah getting mad at with yourself and others is not going to solve the problem. You’re going to have to just do the work over. Complaining about it isn’t going to get it done any faster. Pick up your computer and start, NOW…!”

I learned that I can’t blame anyone else. I must learn from this and do things differently to ensure that I don’t make the same problems again. In my case that would be programming a system in my computer that automatically copies my work as I go, to ensure that I don’t lose my information due to a system failure.

I got over my anger, took a deep breath and I started again.

After it was all said and done I realized that it took more time and effort complaining about the fact that I lost my information than just doing it.

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