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The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace: Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances, and Will Make You Happier by Cy Wakeman

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Chapter 5

Rule #2

Suffering Is Optional, so DITCH THE DRAMA!

It was a beautiful, sunny day in Mexico, and I was getting paid to lead people on a hike through a scenic trail. As far as I was concerned, it was a perfect day. My energy was high and my mood was buoyant. Then everything changed. Looking ahead on the trail, I saw something big and sort of squiggly on the ground. A snake! I started to freak out immediately. In my head I was reviewing the snakebite first-aid procedure, wondering how I was going to get twelve hikers safely around the snake—basically panicking. For the next few minutes, the hike, and my job, became grueling and exhausting as I worried about every eventuality while forcing myself to put one foot in front of the other. Until ...

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