Is Forrest Gump Right That “Shit Happens”

Do you remember one of the most used phrases in a Forrest Gump movie as “shit happens”? Yes, shit happens, and that’s true, but more important is what you do or what you will do when shit happens.

As you already know, you and everyone else is living and working in highly uncertain environments. Can we beat uncertainty? Probably, we can win some battles, but we will never win the war. Why? Because what’s happening outside us and outside our business is out of our own control. We can’t do many things in such a situation.

Yes, you can manage yourself, you can manage your company, but you can’t manage the whole environment around you and your company. The only thing you can do is to have in one or another way some influence around you.

So, the uncertainty will bring mistakes, failings, pressure, hurts, problems… In one word “shit happens” because of uncertainty.

But, as I have said at the beginning of this post, the more important is your own reactions after “shit happens”.

So, if we know that “shit happens” sometimes, what we can do? Here is some of the mine advises when you find yourself in such a situation.

  1. First never, I repeat never take anything bad that happens to you as something personal. What happened in your business is not a personal thing, it is a business thing.
  2. Second, never react emotionally. Bad things don’t allow emotions, but actions to come back from them. You don’t have time for emotions.
  3. Third, stand up and clean the “shit”. Start thinking about what you need to do in order to come back on the right path and simply take required actions. As you make mistakes, fail at something, or find some unexpected problems, you will need to stand up and find the solution.
  4. Fourth, try to find why happened that’s what happened. Start thinking about the reasons why you find yourself in this position and try to eliminate them in order to not experience something similar in the future. Simply learn from bad experience and remove all possible causes for the future.
  5. Fifth, prepare yourself and your close environment for more “shits” that will come. Simply the life is something that can be described as „shit happens” and your job is to continue cleaning around you.

So, shits simply happen and although sometimes we can stop them, in most of the cases such a situation will be our reality. It’s our life and our job is to clean everything bad around us and continue on our way.

Dragan Sutevski

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Dragan Sutevski is a founder and CEO of Sutevski Consulting, creating business excellence through innovative thinking. Get more from Dragan on Twitter. Contact Dragan