“One of the most important lessons I've learned in my career is that opportunities rarely come in tidy, well-defined packages. Instead, great opportunities are often found in circumstances that are hard to understand or are extremely frustrating.“ This is a quote from Ed Zore, CEO of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance that was sent to me by a close friend.
That led me to question how all of us handle problem situations. Do we see them as monsters that ruin the day, or are they opportunities to succeed, to create something new and exciting, to develop something that helps everyone?
Going forward, in our competitive world, it is those people who see problems as opportunities that will lead the way. It is those people who look at a disease as only a roadblock to the cure, not the final determination. It is those people who don’t shield their eyes from the sun, but embrace the heat and harness the energy, who will carry the day.
Like the game show “Jeopardy”, our answers should be in the form of questions of what, when, why, where, who, and how, and then figure it out. That is the answer.