When life gives you lemons, throw them at somebody

Seriously, when life gives you lemons, use them as a weapon to make things better.

Here’s a simple truth I learned a few years ago, and it literally changed my life for the better:

Whole lemon and a peeled lemon rind on black background

When life gives you lemons, choose not to accept them.

Everything is a choice. 

You can choose to be happy, rather than unhappy. You can choose to be optimistic and hopeful, rather than dismal. You can choose to have a good time, instead of dreading whatever it is you’re going to be doing. You can choose to be in a good mood, rather than annoyed.

And before some special snowflake emails me in outrage telling me you can’t just pat a person with depression on the head and tell them to cheer up, I know that. Better than they do, probably. From first-hand experience.

But for most of us, most of the time? You better believe it’s a choice.

Instead of saying, “Oh I have to do this thing, it’s going to be really dull”, how about saying, “I’m going to this thing, and I’m going to find the most interesting thing I can about it and do something with it.”

Or how about, “What if I don’t have a good time?” Well FFS. What if you do have a good time? I can almost guarantee if you go into something with the attitude that it’s going to be crap – or at least, not a great experience – it probably will be crap. Whenever I catch myself thinking, “I wish I hadn’t agreed to something” I flip it, and tell myself I’m going to enjoy it. I always do.

You can’t always choose what happens to you. But you can choose your reaction to it, and that’s what really counts.

Happy people are not happy by accident; they choose to be (and happy people are found all over the place – rich and poor, old and young, everywhere). Successful people are not successful by chance. They’re successful because they make shit happen. If your business isn’t doing well, you need to make it do well.

Stop the excuses, step up, and get it done.

There’s good news though: you don’t have to do it alone…




Vicky Fraser is a copywriter, author, and entrepreneur. She really did run away with the circus… but when she’s not swinging from a trapeze, she’s showing other copywriters and small business owners how to work with better clients, make more money, and stop missing bathtimes, first words, and dinners with angry partners. In fact, she wrote the book on it. Get your copy here.

PS I’m no pollyanna. I know that sometimes life sucks. But my mantra is this: when life gives you lemons, throw them at the fucker who caused it. Why make it suck even worse?


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