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Are you an intuitive entrepreneur or inspired leader who wants a powerhouse business that makes money while making a difference in the world? Would you like to align your unique life purpose with your business strategy to create stability and lasting fulfillment? Are you ready to find the clarity an… read more


EP39: How To Turn Bad News Into An Opportunity

How To Turn Bad News Into An Opportunity

"When things go wrong, it doesn't mean that everything's wrong. See it as the way the universe is reorganizing itself to provide you something better."-Lia Dunlap (04:04-04:23)

How do you handle bad news? Is there such a thing as bad news? If you get what others might perceive as bad news, do you react in a way they expect you to respond? Or do you react curiously, responsively, and openly? 

In this week's episode, join me and learn how to turn every bad news that comes your way into an opportunity. 

Part One of 'How To Turn Bad News Into An Opportunity.'

A book by Robert Fulghum called 'All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten' is a bunch of essays. In one of the essays, he talked about problems versus inconvenience. The premise was that the person he was speaking to was a survivor of the Holocaust. In the conversation, they were talking about something he was complaining about. Then he asked, "Was it a problem, or is it an inconvenience? I want to take that one step further and say, "Is it a problem, an inconvenience, or an opportunity?"

The topic that we're going to discuss today came up to me because I'm currently moving. Our home was inspected, and it's a very old home. Of course, many things that an old home has that new homes do not have. So many things are going to come upon the inspection. When the realtor called, he said, "This might be challenging the deal because there are these problems that came up."

During our conversation, he was feeling concerned about having to share what he called bad news.

"If something is happening, it's happening so that things get better so that things evolve, and so that people are moved around into the right spot to get what they need." -Lia Dunlap (05:09-05:22)

My core belief is that the universe is always working on my side, always working things out for me. I then look at the bad news as an opportunity. 

Perhaps there's a new buyer who is waiting for this home. I believe that there is the right person to be the owner of our home who will see it for all the amazing things it is and want it just the way it is.


I can choose how I perceive what I'm experiencing based on my own beliefs about the world —and so do you.

Part Two of 'How To Turn Bad News Into An Opportunity.'

Do you expect that when things go wrong, that's a sign that everything's wrong? Try to look at it as the way the universe is reorganizing itself to provide you something better.

That is what it means to live in not a problem, not the inconvenience, but in possibility. Living in the best possible possibility has value, has joy, and has ease in it. 

"To live a life of significance means understanding that every moment is an opportunity. There's a possibility in everything that's in front of us if we choose to look for it." -Lia Dunlap (06:34-06:53)

You can look at the things that come up along the way and know that you can choose every moment to look for the opportunity, not just for yourself, but for the way that the universe wants to evolve. 

My encouragement for you today is to decide about what's happening around you right now? How is that working for you? What are you receiving from this experience? 

I guarantee you; there's something in it for you. And if you look for that, you'll find it. It all comes down to what do you want your experience of the bad news to be.

Next Steps: Discover the five essential steps to go from frustrated, annoyed, or not living your purpose to a successful purpose-driven leader.

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