Problems – Obstacles or Opportunities?

Earlier this year, I watched a movie titled “The Ultimate Gift.” It told the story of a privileged (as in “silver spoon”) young man whose billionaire grandfather had recently passed away. As part of the process of having the will disclosed to the surviving family members, he is presented with a video produced by the grandfather outlining a series of “gifts” that he will be presented with in order for a chance to obtain his portion of the inheritance.

Now the potential beneficiary (Jason) is thinking of the gifts in the traditional sense but by the end of the movies comes to realize that the gifts are indeed beliefs that can be attained which will result in transformation to becoming a better person.

At the conclusion of the movie in which Jason becomes the recipient of a sizable amount of wealth, the following gifts are mentioned:

– The gift of Work
– The gift of Money
– The gift of Love
– The gift of Friends
– The gift of Problems
– The gift of a New Day
– The gift of Laughter
– The gift of Gratitude

Out of this list of gifts the one that really stood out in my mind was the one pertaining to problems. The grandfather (played by James Garner) states to the effect that a problem can be viewed as an opportunity to exercise the mind and come up with a solution. As a result, man’s abilities to think and reason would be improved. This to me sounds like a much healthier approach rather than saying “Oh whatever shall I do!” It reminded me of being in high school math classes pondering over how to find the solution that was presented to the class by the teacher.

What a great outlook to have on this subject! Thinking of problems as an opportunity to be embraced with the intent of coming out better as a result. The hope and optimism that you can convey to those facing the problem with you can be contagious and as a result new and greater energy is brought to focus when it comes to attaining the solution.

So as entrepreneurs, we should not only see problems we encounter as gifts, we should also expect for them to come our way.  That way, when a problem arrives, we should hopefully be in a better frame of mind to not only deal with but to benefit from them as well!

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