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VISION: What Do You See?

Isn't it interesting that two people can look at the same picture and see something totally opposite.

The same seems to hold true in business. Why is it that one person can look at a situation and see great opportunity while the next sees nothing but problems?

Look no further than the current economic slowdown to see this illustrated. Some focus so much on the gloom and doom of the economy that they miss great opportunities.

It reminds me of the story of the two shoe salesman. They were both sent to a 3rd world country to sell and market their shoes. Upon arriving, they were shocked to find out that no one in the country wore shoes.

The first salesman called the office and announced that he was headed home as no one wore shoes.

The second salesman called the office ecstatically and said "Send more shoes! Everybody in the country needs shoes!"

When we focus on the obstacles in our path, our vision becomes distorted. If we do this long enough, problems and obstacles are soon all that we will see.

Essentially, we find or see that which we look for. If you are constantly looking for opportunity, you will find it.

Why is it that the average immigrant to America has a higher standard of living in 5 years than those born in America?

There are a number of reasons, but chief among them is the immigrants vision. Most come from countries and circumstances where little or no opportunities are present.

When they arrive in America, they can hardly contain themselves by all of the incredible opportunities before them.

It's like looking at a rainbow. Some will see the dark gray skies while others will zero in on the beautiful radiance of the rainbow. Both are present at the same time - it's just a matter of which you choose to "see".

So the next time you face a challenge or obstacle in your own business, look a little deeper for the opportunity!