How to lead a life of “healthy” desperation

desperate-manBefore we had big-budget CGI superhero extravaganzas smacking us from all sides on the Big Screen, there was a little dude on TV named MacGyver.

MacGyver was this spy fella who always escaped life-and-death situations in very clever ways. He could blast his way out of an airtight cement bunker with just a paperclip, some pocket lint, and a Kit Kat bar.

Over the years, I’ve even heard “MacGyver” used as a verb — like, “Hey, Mom! Dad’s been MacGyvering the toaster oven again!”

Anyway, the cool thing about MacGyver was that whenever he was in a tight spot and you knew he had to be stressed out, he never seemed to panic.

He practiced what you might call “healthy desperation.”

Now normally desperation’s a bad thing.

It can make you act really stupid.

It can make you foolhardy.

It can make you impulsive.

It can make you dangerously hotheaded.

But MacGyver used desperation as leverage. He didn’t let desperation control him; he controlled his own desperation.

Whenever MacGyver was in an awful situation, that’s when he instinctively opened his mind and let his best ideas bubble to the surface.

Whenever all hope seemed lost, he earnestly considered options he might otherwise have ignored.

That’s healthy desperation.

There are times you’re gonna feel desperate. You can count on it.

But don’t let desperation overwhelm you. Keep it reined in enough to let it work for you.

Call it “MacGyver desperation.”

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