Out of Bad Comes Good

The Advantages of Disadvantages

By Jerry Del Colliano
Overcoming the disadvantages that life can bring is more critical than ever in our fast-paced digital world. Viktor Frankl said, “When we are no longer able to change a situation — we are challenged to change ourselves”.
See how happy and successful people turn heartbreak into their next break. How to ride the roller coaster of life that most assuredly will go up and down — sometimes way up and way down — no matter who we are, where we live or how much money we have.  Cultivating this way to deal with life’s problems makes each painful experience transformative.

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4. The Jealousy Diet

“In jealousy there is more self-love than love.” – François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Maximes, 1665

Perhaps the greatest literary work about jealousy was Shakespeare’s Othello. Circumstantial evidence that can ruin lives. Othello gives in to jealousy when Iago convinces him that Desdemona has been an unfaithful wife. Othello goes on to murder his wife and kill himself. Iago employs jealousy as a motive in riling Othello even though jealousy is probably what prompted Iago’s own self-destructive jealousy. Not unlike real life, jealousy is often the problem of the jealous person not the target who attracts jealous feelings. Jealousy is always destructive.

10. Career Chaos

“The best careers advice to give to the young is ‘Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.’” – Katherine Whitehorn

Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, was called “Too stupid to learn anything” by teachers during his early education. Edison lived up to his low expectations by being fired from his first two jobs – some say for not being productive. It took Edison over 1,000 failures to complete the experiment that gave us the light bulb.

12. Finding Your Higher Power

“Without faith a man can do nothing, with it all things are possible.” – Sir William Osler

By now perhaps you can see that whatever life throws at us, we can handle, but the glue that keeps us hoping and coping is faith.

Faith is not something reserved for the very religious as even Mother Teresa who is being considered for sainthood in the Catholic Church spent a lifetime of doubts as she worked to help the poor, the downtrodden, and the discarded souls in India…