Sometimes things don’t always go as planned. Case in point, I was supposed to do some training with my team. I wanted to show them better ways of helping people with our programs and opportunities. I was rearing to go. This was something I had been looking forward to all week.

Helping people with our programs and curriculum is the reason I started this company. When these rare opportunities come up, I’m in my element. I did the research, I knew the numbers, I was in the zone. And then, when I was poised to jump into this situation….I got the voicemail. The dreaded voicemail. For some reason, when we get sent to voicemail, we want to stop. The odds are no longer in our favor. We don’t have the upper hand. We are not in control. But even in those moments, there are lessons to be learned. You can still make the best of a not-so-great situation.

Instead of just going through the motions, persevere and power through. I showed my team that today. I left the best message I could. The kind of message, that I hoped anyway, would entice someone to call back. There is never any shame in doing the best you can in a bad situation. Even if nothing comes of it. Even if you fail. You did your best. But sometimes it works out. I left a message, and about 40 minutes later, someone called back. We were able to put a plan in motion, and help this person out of a tough situation. We made a difference in their life, all because of a voicemail message. So even if you run into a problem, even if you hit a snag, even if there is something that disrupts what should’ve been a slam dunk, make the best of your situation. Because you may be what can make a difference.