Some days are shittier than others.
In 1962, Croatian music teacher Frane Selak was riding on a train through a canyon when it derailed and plunged into an icy river. He suffered a broken arm and hypothermia while 17 of his fellow passengers unfortunately drowned.
In 1963, he took his first and last flight. A malfunctioning door opened and he was sucked out. He survived by landing in a haystack. 19 others sadly died in the subsequent crash.
In 1966, he was on a bus that skidded off the road and (like the train) into a river. He swam to the shore while four others didn’t make it.
In 1970 his car caught fire and he managed to get out just before it blew up.
In 1973, a malfunctioning fuel pump doused his engine and spewed flames through the air vents, singeing his hair off.
In 1995 he was hit by a bus.
In 1996, he was involved in a head-on collision with a truck on a mountain curve. Not wearing a seatbelt, he was flung from the car, grabbed a tree and watched as his vehicle plunged 300ft into a gorge.
In 2003 he won the lottery.
In this game we have good and bad days. Pitching and winning or pitching and being told thanks but no thanks.
We have won a fair bit of new business just recently but even after all these years, it’s still hard to not ride the rollercoaster of emotions when something doesn’t quite go to plan.
The key is to pick yourself up, dust down and get mentally prepared for the next challenge. Who knows what’s around the corner, whether it be a truck on a mountain road or a lottery win, embrace life, love work and enjoy the constant surprises each day brings.
As Noel Coward once said: “Work is more fun than fun.”
Unless you’re a music teacher from Croatia that is.