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We all learn algebra in school, and some of us wonder what use it serves for our life. Pythagoras’ theorem is cute, sure, but when will we ever actually need it?

Well, here’s an equation which we think actually holds the key to life.

E + R = O

There it is! Simple really. Here’s how it works

Event (E) + Response (R) = Outcome (O)

E= The event is the thing that happens, the class exam you weren’t prepared for, the torn muscle just before the cup final, the ‘friend’ who spreads a rumour about you. We can’t control those things, and we can’t change them either

R= The good news is, you can 100% control your response to the event. How you handle it, is in your hands, so think it through and make the best of it. Ask yourself how you can turn things around, or use it to your advantage.

For example, if you miss the points you need in your leaving cert, here are your options

  1. Pick yourself up and start again, invest another year, working harder and smarter, and eventually getting to where you want to be
  2. Take your second or third choice, and see where that takes you.
  3. Give up, blame yourself, tell yourself that you don’t deserve it.

Whichever path you choose will take you down a different road in life, resulting in a different……

O= for outcome.

So there you have it, when life gets real with you, get real about life. Remember that you always have choices. The outcome is up to you!