Some people have the ability to look at a steaming pile of crap and find opportunity. I occasionally watch shows on TV like “Flip this House” and I’m amazed that people are able to turn a rat infested, run down, steaming pile of crap of a house into a place most people would be willing to pay good money for. These people see the opportunity and are able to capitalize on it.
Lately I feel like I’ve been sitting in a steaming pile of crap. Load after stinky load is being dropped and I’m having trouble thinking anything except how much the situation stinks. Part of me wants to run away screaming at the top of my lungs, “run for your lives the crap is coming”! The other part of me knows there is opportunity in this situation if I can only see past the crap.
When I get stuck in these mental states I try to step back and think about my former life as a mutual fund salesman. Back then there were several times where I felt like I was neck deep in crap and thought I should just quit. Normally I would listen to some Tom Hopkins (http://www.tomhopkins.com/) and it would help get me back in the right frame of mind.
Being in the right frame of mind I believe is the key. In the right frame of mind “problems” become “challenges”. Problems are things we want to avoid but overcoming challenges allows us to grow personally and/or professionally. I guess it is time to change my frame of mind or at least plug my nose.