This week, since the verdict in the Trayvon Martin killing trial was announced, there doesn’t seem to be a single person in America, except maybe George Zimmerman, who is satisfied with that verdict. Everyone seems to have a grievance no matter what side of the issue they are on. And if the U.S. outlaws stand your ground laws as Attorney General Eric Holder just threatened to do, it would mean that at a different time, but with identical facts, George Zimmerman might be found guilty. It reminded me of what my seventh grade algebra teacher told us: Life isn’t fair. That and the quadratic equation are the only two things I remember from his class.
The firestorm this week over the Zimmerman verdict got me thinking about the number of times—almost too numerous to count—where, as an entrepreneur or founder, I found myself muttering under my breath, “That’s not fair.”
It’s not fair when:
When these things happened to me, let’s just say they weren’t good days. The frustration and anger can get so intense that one needs to develop coping mechanisms just to survive. At times like these, it’s good to remember the Serenity Prayer which you can count on finding on someone’s desk in just about any company:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
If that doesn’t work and you feel like some of the people who are outraged by the Zimmerman verdict, remember the guidance of my algebra teacher. Life isn’t fair.
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