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This just in: Use your disappointment for good

Image by Giorgio Fochesato

Image by Giorgio Fochesato

A few days ago I got an email that really irked me. I had worked hard on a project and written a thoughtful response to advise someone who asked me to examine a company he’s thinking of buying. Though delivered professionally and courteously, I knew that the news I was giving him was not the news he wanted. I couldn’t in good conscience advise him to buy the company. From the data and from my gut, I know he’ll regret the choice to buy it if he moves ahead. Rather than taking the advice, he felt the need to criticize my analysis in a snarky way.

At first, I was upset about his response and then I had to let it go. I had done the job I was asked to do. I was honest and careful in my analysis, and now he can either take the advice or not. Rather than wasting energy being upset about his email, I plowed the energy into my own creative work. And that was the very best thing I could do. We live, and we learn.

About Christa Avampato

I make a living in business and I make a life as a writer, artist, and yogi. I use my business and storytelling skills to build a better world. My first novel, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, will be published in the Fall of 2017 by Thumbkin Prints, a children's and YA imprint of Possibilities Publishing Co. My creative career has stretched across Capitol Hill, Broadway theatre, education, nonprofit fundraising, health and wellness, and Fortune 500 companies in retail, media, and financial services. In every experience, I have used my sense of and respect for elegant design to develop meaningful products, services, program, and events to help people live happier, healthier lives. A recovering multi-tasker, I am a proud alum of UPenn (BA) and the Darden School at UVA (MBA). When not in front of my Mac, I’m on my yoga mat, walking my rescue dog, Phineas, traveling with a purpose, or practicing the high-art of people watching. I am proud to New York City my home, and I've been called the happiest New Yorker by friends and strangers alike. They're right. Follow my adventures on Twitter at https://twitter.com/christanyc and Instagram at https://instagram.com/christarosenyc.

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