I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
There are going to be times in life when we find ourselves in less than desirable situations. Don't settle for what you are given if it is not pleasing in your sight. Use the means presented to you to make a way, sometimes out of no way.
Simply put: Be prepared to play the cards that life deals you, or you shall be royally flushed.