One of my favorite reality TV shows is The Amazing Race. Here, people had a chance to tour around the world with their partners, did some awesome challenges and won a million bucks. Wow, exciting right? Because of that, the race was very tense and the true color of each person would be revealed. Recently I watched again some seasons and I like to see how people face their problems.
In season 3 for the example, when teams were in Morocco and they had to drove themselves in a car to reach destination point (You can check in Youtube for Season 3 episode 5). Some teams ran out of gas, then they dropped in a gas station. Actually they need to fill the car with diesel. It was what they don’t know.
First and second team check the label in gas tank first, then filled with diesel. (Ok problem solved, good job). The other four teams assumed that it wasn’t diesel, so they took gasoline instead of diesel. Let’s name them team A, B, C and D. After moving some time, about 1 o’clock in the morning, the engine died. And here are what they reacted..
Team A assumed maybe they mistook the gas and check the label in gas tank. After that they went to a gas station nearby, asked for hose then used it to pull out the gas. Then using jerry can, they fill diesel into it. The engine started, and they back on the race. (I gave ’em standing applause because the didn’t give up and they’re oldest team in the race).
Knowing their engine off, Team B panic, they didn’t know what to do and cried helplessly in the roadside. (They didn’t try to fix their own problem). Some minutes (maybe hours) later a police came and helped them to get the substitute car. (They back on the race but it was a luck).
Facing same situation as the other two teams above, team C out of the car and walked to gas station, ask for help and finally they found a mechanic and had him fixed the car. Yippie, they’re on the race again. (They faced a problem which they didn’t know how to fix, and asked for help from the expert).
Team D also didn’t know what to do. Unlike others, fortunately they stopped near a hotel. Guess what they do next. Yep, they booked a room, enjoyed meals and call the mechanic the next morning. (Hmm, what do you say? me, just shake my head… unbelievable).
Well, anything could happen in this race, from the first to the last, even from zero to hero. In the end of this episode, team D was eliminated because they’re the last team to arrive at the pit stop.
See, just a simple problem, fill the gas tank, can made a big issue and failure. What I learn from each team when we face a problem:
First we need a clear mind to analyze what is the problem carefully and how to deal with it. Just like first and second team, they took the right gas and minimized another problem to arise.
Second, we need to stay calm, do not panic. Then identify what’s going on and do the best we could to solve the problem (if we have experience about it). Just like team A. Otherwise, we should ask for help from others, don’t just sit silently, just like what team B did.
Third, luck can happen to anyone. But it is not always come when we’re in trouble. Still, we need to struggle, try, ask, learn, do everything we can a.k.a give the best shot.
Fourth, don’t mistakenly treat good fortune that comes to us or we’ll be very very very disappointed. Just like team D.
After all, I like this show even more…….