See Opportunities or See Obstacles

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August 30, 2016
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See Opportunities or See Obstacles

If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles


This quote is similar to “If you believe you can or you believe you can’t, you’re right”. For me I like to look at opportunities in a glass half full view point. After all, it’s very easy to say “I can’t do it” without actually even trying to see if you can or not. If you can’t? So what? At least you tried, right?

I used to do chin ups at the gym using a resistance band. I would have my knees looped inside the band so when I pulled up with my arms the resistance band was helping me up. I did this move for two months as part of my workout. I never considered doing it without a resistance band despite me getting stronger.

Then my trainer one day asked me to do a chin up – without a band. I was full sure I couldn’t do it as I’d always done it a particular way. But how wrong I was! I was able to complete two fully extended chin ups without the need for a resistance band. Had I believed my initial thoughts of “I need a resistance band otherwise I can’t do this” I’d never have moved past that point.

I think part of being an entrepreneur is a problem/solution mindset where you need to look at problems as simply obstacles you need to overcome. There’s no giving up, simply how can we solve this problem and move on.

Half full or half empty? How you decide to approach the problem will typically determine the outcome.