Rahm Emanuel said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.” Have you ever spun a crisis into an opportunity?
I think, if anything, I’ve always used a crisis as a learning opportunity.
I’ve learnt how resourceful I can be when it comes to the crunch. I’ve learnt a lot about other people, and how extremely selfish and destructive they can become. I’ve also learnt through experience that the only person I really can count on is always going to be myself.
I had a situation once where a housemate had planned to move out and not tell me. I allowed them to think that I was unaware of what was happening, and then waited until they left. I pretended to be surprised and shocked and upset about it all, but I shoved some paper under their noses signing off from the tenancy and returning their keys. Whatever they didn’t take when they left, I ended up selling or giving away to good-will. They probably should have made sure that they took it all with them, including all the stuff they had forgotten they had in storage out the back. Oops.
So yes, I have turned a crisis into a financial gain… that’s a positive.