How to handle a crisis without Alcohol | Just hold on

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  • Been dumped? Great lets get pissed and be miserable.
  • A family member died? Great, lets go back to our old friend the bottle.
  • Been Shit-canned? Oh where’s my violin.

This week I was let go from the writing team at Real Men Real Style.

I penned about 10-15 articles, none of them saw the light of day. However, I was paid for my services and given a good run in the team. It did come as a bit of a surprise because I felt like I was actually showing progress and starting to learn the format.

Clearly not or else I wouldn’t have been sh*t-canned.


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Would have polished this off back in the day


Some positives were meeting the team, Dillon and Travis are decent dudes and Antonio was kind enough to come on the Menswear Style Podcast a few months back although I never got to speak to him during my short spell on the team. I learnt a few things about SEO and was introduced to some neat software tools like Brightpod and Screencast. (Was I the last to know about these?).

I wanted to turn this downer into something of a positive though, because typically in the past when I’ve been on the receiving end of some bad news I’d hit the bottle. It would be a perfect excuse to get wasted.


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Manya the cat inspecting a bottle of Old Forester


I’ve spoken about it on the Human Research podcast this week which you can download in iTunes. The podcast is raw so I’m not really plugging it at the moment. But here are some things I touched upon.

WAIT 

Just wait five minutes. When you get a hit to the solar plexus just take five minutes out before doing anything rash. I immediately went out for a run to clear my head. When I came back to the desk I had got my head straight and my game face on. I was sweaty, out of breath and in need of a shower. Wait, … I meant I was ready to take on the world again.


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Would have finished this off back in the day an’ all


WAIT

I’m going to say it again. Just hang on five minutes. I wasn’t tempted to drink, but I was in a momentary state of, ‘what the f*ck do I do now, and where did that come from?‘ Give yourself 5 mins. Don’t talk to anyone because you’ll probably vent and unload on them.

TAKE IT LIKE A CHAMP

You are a f*cking champion. You not only eat bad news for breakfast you crap it out and put it in deep freeze. The way you beat bad news is not to fold to your knees and let it defeat you. I know this sounds preachy, I know it was just an internship, but it got me thinking. Two months ago I would have finished off that bottle Jaegermeister that’s been sitting in my bedroom for the last month waiting to be reviewed. I would have finished it utterly irresponsibly. Anyway, that’s it from me.

Anyway that’s me, if you’ve found this semi-interesting be sure to follow Human Research on Twitter. Click on any of the images to follow Human Research on Instagram. Have I left anything out? Do you drink your way out of a crisis? Any comments or feedback welcome in the comments bar below.

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