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How Do You Perceive Opportunities? 

How Do You Perceive Opportunities? 

The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure. This message clearly come out from this short story..

Lynn Lopez
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Many years ago two salesmen were sent by a British shoe manufacturer to Africa to investigate and report back on market potential.

The first sales representative reported back, "There is no potential here - nobody wears shoes."

The second sales representative reported back, "There is massive potential here - nobody wears shoes."

We see one of the best examples of how a single situation may be viewed in two quite different ways - negatively or positively.

We could explain this also in terms of seeing a situation's problems and disadvantages, instead of its opportunities and benefits.

Exactly the same form of words (e.g., "nobody wears shoes") in each salesman's report emphasize that two quite different interpretations are made of a single situation. 

In words of John C Maxwell - "The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure."

Now ask yourself how have you responded to such situations in the past? Your attitude defines your perspective to see things or situations. And you can make out anything you wish from a particular situation. If one door shuts, another opens. But you ought to find out that one. If you do not find another open door of opportunity, you will surely find an open window.


Contributed by Lynn Lopez; Image courtesy by wikimedia.org

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Mia Clark Student, Post Graduation

It is very important to learn to respond and not react. It is through responding instead of just reacting that we discover real freedom.

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