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The tipping point: Turn a bad event into your advantage and perhaps a passion

Photo:  Ralf Weiser.  The first car engine I worked on.  Many followed….

Just when I got to drive my first car, it broke down coming home from work where I went through apprenticeship.  The darn thing sputtered and hesitated like crazy.  Just what I needed.  How would I get to work without the car?  I went to the local gas station in the village and the owner agreed to take a quick look.  He did that and told me that he had no time to fix it until later in the week.  Just as I tried leaving the gas station I saw a relatively new Audi with out of county plates on it pull in and the nicely dressed owner needed to have his car troubles fixed.  I stopped in my tracks as I observed the car getting pulled into the shop bay and getting worked on right away.  I was totally shell shocked and mad as a hornet.  That was the day I turned this trouble into a passion o mine:  Working on cars and motor cycles.

The next day I got myself a repair manual and a few special tools and parts and off I went in my garage to address the problem.  It turned out to be a blown head gasket that did not take long to fix at all.  I had a lot of fun doing the work and was quite happy with myself and the result.  Not only did I get this fixed a lot sooner than any shop would have been able to fit me into their schedule, but I also saved a lot of money.  Almost overnight I had turned a moment of being disappointed and mad at a situation into a lifelong love for fixing things on wheels and otherwise.

The defining moment was realizing whether or not I wanted to do something about this myself.  Once that choice was made the rest was like clockwork:

  • When you are emotionally affected in a moment of crisis scan for how mad you are and if you are remotely capable of addressing the situation yourself.
  • In a moment of solitude listen to your inner voice whether or not you want to choose to do this yourself or with help of others.
  • Make this choice!
  • Learn as much as you can about the topic at hand.
  • Learn about people that are similarly affected like you and see if you can connect with them.
  • Go online and into a library to gather the necessary materials.
  • Get the special tools that you need to address your issue in the best way.  This can range from a simple wrench to computer hard- or software, etc.
  • Find a suitable place to take your issue and for you to work on it.
  • Fix what needs fixing.
  • Celebrate success.
  • Think about if you want to do more of it.
  • Seek new challenges out and repeat.
  • Voila, you just found a new passion!

Mind you that this cheat sheet works for just about any issue and not only mechanical ones.  Have fun getting mad.


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