Let’s not beat around the bush - Losing everything sucks. Your definition of “everything”, however, is different to others – some people can lose their entire family in an accident, or maybe the teenage girl just lost her entire MP3 collection because of stupid iTunes, or the once billionaire loses his wealth - Like Donald Trump did in the early nineties. He lost everything AND THEN SOME. He was a billion dollars poorer than a homeless man on the street.
When we lose “everything” we still have something. We find that smallest things to be happy about. Some of the happiest kids in the world are in extreme poverty, running around kicking a beaten up ball on a patch of dirt. They have nothing – not even basic resources to live a long life – and yet they are happily running around playing with a ball.
When you have nothing, you still have something. You still have learned skills. You still have your life. You still have people around you. If you’re lucky enough to live in a first world country – you have government aid to prevent you from starving. In some countries it is enough to pay rent AND feed you.
Look at the uber successful people who came from absolutely nothing – Oprah Winfrey, Tony Robbins and Ralf Lauren to name a few. Just because you have gone back to your definition of “nothing” doesn’t mean you can’t win the game. It is a temporary setback.
The ultimate loss of everything is a loss of your life. You won’t be around to fix it. Your version of losing it all isn’t actually it “all”. Look at what you still have – take stock of everything you have in your inventory. This isn’t just physical things you have – this include the mindset and the skills to attain everything again – with more lessons to help you along the way. It sucks being knocked down, but the victory is sweeter when you get back to the top – and surpass it. But you won’t get there by dwelling on what once was.