Every negative thing that happened to me during my employment career, a job was "eliminated" in early 2004, at my favorite position I worked, I was politely ("You're a nice guy, but I have to open up some of these jobs for my people") dismissed in 2007 because I was affiliated with the wrong political party, these and other negative experiences resulted in me landing a low paying job which I only worked for 10 months because the employer unexpectedly offered a "but out" to employees in 2009 who had exactly the seniority in the retirement system that I had. I consider it a an unsolicited gift from God. My pension is based on the average of the three highest years of salary I earned, the favorite job I mentioned was where I made more than I ever made, and I worked in that job position for 3 years and 6 weeks. You never know what seemingly negative experiences can end up being quite the opposite.
You know you need humility, I was quite humbled by the low paying, clerk's job I had to accept (there were no other options after a 6.5 month job search while I was unemployed) in 2008, and 10 months later, I hit the lottery so to speak.