Treat problems as opportunities
because that's what they are!
How To Turn Problems
Start to believe you can.
Most people simply do not get
what they want because they have no
courage to believe that they can
6 Mindsets of a Great Achiever
Shift your focus. Don't focus on the
problems, focus on
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."
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.
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
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;
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.
Learning SWOT Questions
4 WHYs of True Success
There Are No Problems,
There's an old saying "There are no problems – only opportunities."
Too often we focus on
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
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
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.
Is Problem Solving
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’.
was horrified when another competitor opened up next door on his right,
and announced its arrival with an even larger sign, reading ‘LOWEST
The shopkeeper panicked, until he got an idea. He put the biggest sign
of all over his own shop. It read ‘MAIN ENTRANCE’
When I was kidnapped,
my parents snapped into action.
They rented out my room.
"Trouble is only opportunity in work
Henry J. Kaiser
"We are all faced
with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible
Charles R. Swindoll
"Life's up and downs provide windows of
opportunity to determine your
goals – Think of using all
obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want."
~ Marsha Sinetar
Invention of the Post-it note is a great example of ❶ turning a problem to
an opportunity, ❷ combining the unusual, and ❸
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
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
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.
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.
Scott Cook was frustrated with the poor quality of software designed
to help him prepare
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
institutions, consumers, and accounting professionals.
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...
Dr. Alfredo Bataller Pineda, the founder
of SHA Wellness Clinic, turned his health problem into a great business