Get back in the saddle


What’s your reaction when you experience a setback, face a failure, or feel challenged? Admit defeat. Never try again. Make the same mistake twice. Take a forever break. Or do you get back in the saddle?

Look at your track record. When you’ve fallen off the financial horse and have drained your budget buying bunk, what did you do to improve?

The tenacious give themselves a kick in the butt and get down to work. They pore over their receipts, dig themselves out of debt, discuss spending habits with their spouses, and build better budgets.

The meek go shopping.

Here’s my saddle. I’ve fallen off this tough piece of bike leather a few times in my life. It hurts. I’ve broken bones. I’ve been laughed at. But it’s my saddle, and I choose to get back up.

Go ahead. Borrow my saddle. You know what to do.


  1. Echo March 30, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    My most recent set back was career related, I was passed over for a promotion to the top spot at my last job after doing it interim for 3 months. I was sent back to my old position where I had been working for the past 5 years, unfortunately with no real path for further development within the organization. I felt stuck in a rut and knew I had to do something to change.

    It can be hard to leave the comfort zone of a career you’ve been working on for a decade (or more). But instead of accepting fate and becoming one of those “campers” that we all know who either don’t want to or aren’t capable of moving up the ladder, I decided that I needed to change and took a chance on a brand new career.

    Looking back, not getting that top job was one of the best things that could have happened to me. My old organization is getting hammered by their competitors, is in dire need of renovations, and the senior management are facing huge pressures from their corporate office.

    Meanwhile I am now working 5 minutes away from home in a job I really enjoy, and leave work by 4:30pm every day.

  2. Jules March 31, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Hehe, thanks!

  3. marci357 March 31, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Temporary vs permanent… that’s what ya got to think about.
    A setback is Temporary…a one time deal.
    You start over fresh the next day and you have a clean slate in front of you 🙂

    A setback is only permanent if YOU LET IT become permanent.

  4. Stef April 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Never accept defeat, never! If it hurts, that’s a good sign, you’re still alive! I think a setback (or failure) is a great opportunity to discover who we are and what we are made of. Not that we should seek to fail, but we should stop being afraid of what will happen if … we fail. Please, don’t listen to timid souls who’ll say: I told you. They are the “campers” at work who are too afraid to quit although they are bored to death. Recovering from a setback is called adaptation. You fall, you whine a little, but you never give up. You keep at it, always!

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