Vadim Kotelnikov    

How To Turn Problems Into Opportunities

Six Powerful Tips


Vadim Kotelnikov, founder of 1000ventures - personal logo   Business e-Coach  


Treat problems as opportunities because that's what they are!





How To Turn Problems To Opportunities

  1. Start to believe you can. Think positively. Most people simply do not get what they want because they have no courage to believe that they can achieve it.

6 Mindsets of a Great Achiever

  1. Shift your focus. Don't focus on the problems, focus on finding opportunities. Don't talk about a problem; talk about an opportunity. When you see a problem as a problem you only attract more problems.  If you wish to attract opportunities instead, see the problem as an opportunity. There is an old saying that goes like this: "There are no problems, only opportunities."

  2. Think of what it is you really want to achieve. Write a statement in a form "Wouldn't it be nice if...". Commit to it to engage your subconscious mind.

  3. Think about how you can accomplish your goal. When you think of possible solutions you force your mind and subconscious mind to find opportunities that will help you achieve the desired results.

  4. Take different views of the situation. Having looked at the scene from your view, look at it from different perspectives, try each of these views: opportunist; entrepreneur; dreamer; optimist; child; strategist; architect.

  5. Make it a habit. See every problem as an opportunity. As you regularly start to look for opportunities in a problem, as you continue to think of finding opportunities you will begin to attract  more opportunities.

10 Commandments of Innovation

Be Entrepreneurial. Look for opportunities everywhere and pursue them with speed... More


Learning SWOT Questions

  • What went unexpectedly well and why?

  • Are there any new directions to be explored?... More

  4 WHYs of True Success



There Are No Problems, Only Opportunities

There's an old saying "There are no problems – only opportunities."

Too often we focus on problems and fail to see opportunities right in front of us. When you focus on your problems – when you only think of what is wrong  – you will only see problems and fail to see opportunities and creative solutions

To turn things around, start by focusing on finding a solution. When you think of problems you'll only attract more problems. When you think of solutions – you'll attract solutions and opportunities.

Find the root of the problem and then think about how you can accomplish your goal. State the problem in different words – it might make it much easier to solve. Even if you don't come up with any answers immediately, when you accept that you will find a solution you'll begin to experience a shift. You'll go from feeling like you can't do anything to gaining confidence and "can-do" attitude.

As you change your attitude and regularly start to look for solutions, as you continue to think of finding a solution you will begin to discover and attract unlimited opportunities.

If your problem is one others share, it's a huge entrepreneurial opportunity. You can solve the problem for everyone. That is how many entrepreneurs get started.

Selling Is Problem Solving



Joke: Smart Shopkeeper

A shopkeeper was dismayed when a brand new business much like his own opened up next door and erected a huge sign which read ‘BEST QUALITY’.

He was horrified when another competitor opened up next door on his right, and announced its arrival with an even larger sign, reading ‘LOWEST PRICES’.

The shopkeeper panicked, until he got an idea. He put the biggest sign of all over his own shop. It read ‘MAIN ENTRANCE’ ... More jokes




Sun Tzu: The Art of War

Victory comes from

finding opportunities in problems.

Sun Tzu

The Art of War

Vadim Kotelnikov advice quotes

Don't talk about problems,

talk about opportunities.

Vadim Kotelnikov


Albert Einstein quotes

In the middle of difficulty

lies opportunity.

Albert Einstein

Woody Allen humourous quotes

When I was kidnapped,

my parents snapped into action.

They rented out my room.  >>>

Woody Allen

Set Godin advice

The best time to do great customer service is when a customer is upset.

Set Godin

IDEO Tom Kelley creativity innovation quotes

Find the silver lining in every cloud. Setbacks aren’t problems, they’re opportunities.

Tom Kelley







Opportunity Quotes

  • "Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes." ~ Henry J. Kaiser

  • "We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations." ~ Charles R. Swindoll

  • "Life's up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals – Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want." ~ Marsha Sinetar ... More


Case Studies Post-it note

Invention of the Post-it note is a great example of ❶ turning a problem to an opportunity, ❷ combining the unusual, and ❸ synergy innovation.

3M corporation had a problem with a glue it had  invented. Their scientists were attempting to develop a super-strong adhesive, but the glue did not produce the desired results. It did not stick things together effectively.

The glue was considered to be a failed product until Arthur Fry, a 3M chemist and an inventor, found the way to turn the glue's disadvantage to an advantage. Arthur Fry searched for such an application where a glue that didn't stick too strongly would be appropriate. In particular, he  thought of a  way of combining the glue with a bookmark, which is something that people want to move from page to page. Fry began experimenting. Particularly, he coated only one edge of the paper so that the portion extending from a book would not be sticky. Fry used these stickers to write notes to his boss. This use led him to broaden his original idea into a new application concept and creation of a new-to-the-world product ‒ the Post-it note.

Ultimately, Arthur Fry discovered a great opportunity in a problem and helped his company to turnaround a failing project. A "low-tack", reusable, pressure-sensitive adhesive became the basis for the Post-it note, which was a huge success. 3M named Fry a corporate researcher in 1986.

Case Studies   Scott Cook

Scott Cook was frustrated with the poor quality of software designed to help him prepare balance sheets. He decided to start a software company to fix the problem. His company Intuit Inc. is now a multi-billion-dollar success story. It provides business and financial management solutions for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs), financial institutions, consumers, and accounting professionals.

Case Studies Strategic Problem Solving Lessons from McKinsey

Pluck the Low-hanging Fruit

Sometimes in the middle of the problem-solving process, opportunities arise to get an easy win, to make immediate improvements, even before the overall problem has been solved.

Seize those opportunities! They create little victories for you and your team. They boost morale and give you added credibility by showing anybody who may be watching that you’re on the ball and mean business... More

Case Studies SHA Wellness Clinic

Dr. Alfredo Bataller Pineda, the founder of SHA Wellness Clinic, turned his health problem into a great business opportunity... More