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Looking on the Bright Side of Life

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in General Advice

During a recent trip to Morocco I encountered a number of small kids surviving on nothing, begging on street corners in Marrakesh or selling hand-made wooden camels on the side of the road, even in very remote places.

This has reminded me of how lucky we are to live in a country where we have access to health care when we get sick, can get help if we end up on the streets or can’t pay the bills, and where we have the opportunity of a free education, something which many of us take for granted.

Life might be difficult, and for some of us it may feel like we have fallen on hard times. We need to learn to appreciate what we have and make the most of it because that is the only way to be happy and satisfied with one’s lot.

If you need to go to hospital, then we can go to hospital for nothing, and we are lucky to have the NHS. In some countries, people have to pay if they need an operation or want to buy medicine that they need.

You might also think that school is a chore, but the reality is that we are lucky to have a structured education system that gives people prospects. In some countries, school is luxury and many children are leaving school early to go to work or not going to school at all because education is not free. They end up missing out on a tonne of opportunities. We have free education in this country and therefore should appreciate the things that we have.

You might not have the money for those cool trainers you want or the latest technology but at least you have a roof over your head and can get support from the government if you end up homeless or unable to afford food.

We have many rights in this country which people don’t have in other countries, and which we sometimes take for granted. Therefore, it’s important that we appreciate what we have and strive to take any opportunity that comes along, as they may only come round once.

Finding a silver lining for interview success

Appreciating what you have can help you understand your skills and demonstrate your value to employers during interview. To succeed you need to find a silver lining: this is really important in setting goals, having confidence and eventually achieving success. When you reach a hurdle in your life, looking on the bright side can help you strive through any problems you have.

If you think that life is hard because you have dropped out of school or can’t get a job, then you need to think of all the things that are going right in your life and all the positive things you have done with your life so far.

This is especially important when approaching interviews. Employers want to take on candidates who are appreciative, respectful and who understand the correct way to behave around customers/clients and colleagues. You need to show interviewers that you have these qualities if you want to succeed.

You need to show that you can be respectful because employers want to be respected by their employees. If you don’t respect your parents or teachers, and this comes across at interview, then employers are less likely to offer you the job because they think you won’t follow authority well or will be too difficult to manage.

If you have been excluded from school or been in trouble with the law, then of course you need to be honest about this. However, you should try to turn this into a positive by demonstrating how you have learned from your mistakes and are trying to change.

Looking at things positively shows that you have determination and resilience, while looking at things negatively can make employers think you are ungrateful and lacking focus.

So whatever you do, appreciate what you have and remember to stay positive. This will help you to stay focused and eventually achieve success.

If in doubt, follow the wise words of Monty Python and remember to “always look on the bright side of life”.

About the Author

Emma Burbidge

Emma Burbidge

Emma Burbidge is the marketing assistant at TCHC. She helps to manage the website and promote the Youth Contract. She enjoys writing for the blog and sharing advice and tips with young people on a range of topics, from finding a job to battling with depression.

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