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It’s pretty safe to say Claudia Jordan hasn’t had the best string of luck lately. The former model was reportedly fired from The Real Housewives of Atlanta after just one season. Just a few days ago, news surfaced that Jordan was also leaving her gig as co-host on  The Rickey Smiley Morning Show. Rapper Da Brat is set to replace her.

Perhaps all of this is a calculated move, or a series of unfortunate events. After all, who really enjoys not collecting checks? I know I don’t.

Have you ever felt like you couldn’t catch a break? Maybe there was a season in your life when you had to go through what felt like a never-ending number of trials in order to experience light at the end of the tunnel?

When it comes to success, all of us must pay our dues.

Should you be in the midst of a battle right now, just know it will get better. Here are some things you can do when you’re down on your luck.

Take a moment. Allow yourself time to process all that’s happening in your life. Too many of us experience life-changing events and try to pretend like everything is OK when it’s not. Take a moment to catch your breath and collect your thoughts. In order to make your next move, you first need to get real about your situation. Process what happened, and if possible, the steps leading up to the incident. The more you know and understand, the easier it will be to prevent history from repeating itself. Who knows, you might even discover your life is moving in a different direction.

Stay off social media. Some folks will use outlets like Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram to vent everything they feel. While it’s great to release any emotions you might have, leave it for a journal. No one needs to know your business or hear all the juicy details about events that transpired.

Focus on your strengths. Aside from a little rubbing in the self-esteem department, it’s important to look to areas in your career where you shine. What are your strengths in the workplace? Are there any skills you could acquire to make yourself a more noticeable candidate? Use any and all downtime to reboot and build yourself back up. After all, don’t you want to be the best version of yourself?

Hustle. This is especially necessary if you’re currently unemployed. No matter how long your job search takes, bills aren’t going to pay themselves. Hopefully you have an emergency savings account that can hold you over for a period of time. Regardless, you need to find a part-time job, contract employment, or something that will keep income flowing to your household. You might also want to consider turning a hobby into a side business.

Be relentless. No matter how long things take, never give up. Thomas Edison said it best: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Even if it hurts or feels too painful to continue, keep working to get out of your situation. Hope and hard work are two very powerful tools with the ability to change circumstances.

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