Opportunity or Impossibility?

In the early 1900s, two salesmen traveled from England to Africa in the 1900s to assess whether there was any opportunity for selling shoes. After studying the situation, each salesman sent a telegram home. The first said “Situation hopeless. They don’t wear shoes” – the other wrote “Glorious opportunity: they don’t have any shoes yet.” 

The lesson to be learned is that impossibility or opportunity is all in the eye of the beholder. To use the trite saying, is the glass half empty or half full? Approaching business challenges with optimism ensures a positive result regardless the outcome – even failures provide important lessons and stepping stones toward success. 

So how can you tackle situations with optimism? Here are six tips:

  • Maximize success and minimize failure as you evaluate progress.
  • Know your weaknesses and strengths. Be sure to focus on and play to the strengths while patiently working to improve weak points.
  • Face failures as teaching moments, and look for ways to deal with the problem instead of giving up or letting it overshadow what’s going right.
  • Surround yourself with positivity, whether it be in the form of mantras, mentors or friends.
  • Dwell on positives, not negatives. Once you’ve gleaned the lessons from bad experiences, let them go and move on.
  • Begin with the end in sight. Remember that the sky is the limit! The only limits on our success come from what we set. Don’t give up – rather, be proactive in creating the circumstances needed for that end goal you envision.

By taking the reins and approaching challenges as opportunities, you’ll be able thrive in any situation, inspire those around you, and attract other achievers on your path to prosperity.



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