How to Win Against All Odds

1. Uncover the root cause of your unhappiness

  1. Created a list of the things I love about myself (e.g., my kindness, good-heartedness, listening skills, etc.).
  2. Defined what success truly means to me- impacting others positively. My greatest happiness lies in making other people happy.
  3. Reflect on the part of me that stays constant whether I win or not.
  4. Acknowledged that I deserve love no matter what I achieve.

2. Acknowledge the indispensability of luck

  • Balance luck with planning
  • Build a quality social capital
  • Be prepared to take calculated risks
  • Anticipate catastrophe
  • Realize that not every event is meant to teach you a lesson
  • The opportunity landed in my laps: I had no intention of reaching out to him for a job. The coffee chat invitation was to learn about Victor’s processes (FYI: He’s a writer I admire). I didn’t intend to work at VEC
  • I was prepared: Although I had never planned to work at VEC, I prepared for it all along. I have consistently written online, delivered value in my previous positions, taken online courses, and expanded my network in the past years. These attracted Victor to me as he saw me as a valuable addition to his team — a major reason why he reached out.

3. Reframe your perspective

4. Learn from your mistakes

5. Talk to people

6. Live and love

7. Capitalize on the little wins

8. Don’t look at others’ journeys through the lens of envy

Final words

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Jeremiah is a writer keen on helping young people define their own version of excellence and giving them the strategies and insights to achieve it.

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