Opportunity

Entrepreneurial Quote of the Day:

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.”  –Thomas Edison

Hello Fabulous Women!

Opportunity is one of the most subjective aspects of human experience.  The world is full of stories of people who saw what looked to others like a disaster, but which they saw as an opportunity. 

In fact, this is such a common insight that it has become axiomatic – look at these quotations below, all variations on this same theme:

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

“Opportunity often comes in disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.” – Napoleon Hill

“I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.” – Mark Twain

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.” –Henry Ford

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” – Charles Swindoll

And so on.

The ability to take a look at a difficulty and see an opportunity in it is one of the most essential qualities of an entrepreneur, and not a bad thing to bring to the rest of our lives as well! 

Sometimes the opportunity hidden in the problem is a simple one, like seeing the opportunity to learn patience or communicate more effectively.  Sometimes it is a bright lightbulb going off, seeing a whole new path, a new product or invention, even a whole new industry that could arise out of a current problem. 

Here’s my question for you today:

What situation are you dealing with that consistently looks like a problem to you?  You know, the thing that drains your energy, makes you feel like you don’t know what to do – the thing you battle with. 

Step back and ask yourself what opportunities may be hiding in this situation.  Take ten minutes to sit down and write down all the possible opportunities for yourself and for others.

I predict you’ll be amazed at all the opportunities lying there.  And once you have them written down, get in action and see what you can create out of that “problem” of yours.

Here’s one more quote for you:

“There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands.  You seek problems because you need their gifts.”  –Richard Bach

–Ann

On Track and On Purpose, Business Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs, Business Woman Coach

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