Uncertainty or Opportunity?

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of negative news streaming through your TV or laptop?  Riots in the Middle East, threats of a double dip recession, incessant political ads, etc. can leave us feeling like we are stuck at an inopportune time in history.  So much negativity can skew our perspective rather than perceiving the opportunities that result from tumultuous times.

Recently, Seth Godin challenged his readers to change the way they respond to current events. Instead of bemoaning the sorry state of the world, Godin points to the amazing opportunities that exist if we have the vision and courage to pursue them. His thoughts motivated and refreshed me:

“The state isn’t sorry…it’s wide open.

Interest rates are super low, violence is close to an all time low, industries are being remade and there’s more leverage for the insurgent outsider than ever before in history…

We still live in a world that’s filled with opportunity. In fact, we have more than an opportunity — we have an obligation. An obligation to spend our time doing great things. To find ideas that matter and to share them. To push ourselves and the people around us to demonstrate gratitude, insight, and inspiration. To take risks and to make the world better by being amazing…

So stop thinking about how crazy the times are, and start thinking about what the crazy times demand. There has never been a worse time for business as usual. Business as usual is sure to fail, sure to disappoint, sure to numb our dreams. That’s why there has never been a better time for the new. Your competitors are too afraid to spend money on new productivity tools. Your bankers have no idea where they can safely invest. Your potential employees are desperately looking for something exciting, something they feel passionate about, something they can genuinely engage in and engage with.”

Ten years from now, I don’t want to look back and realize that I missed amazing opportunities because I was focused on my circumstances.

How about you? What opportunities do you see in the market? How are you choosing to seize opportunities rather than letting yourself get bogged down in circumstances?

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