By Daniel Johnson
Flipping misery into opportunity
I’m invited to the Ned to catch-up about what I’m doing at SCA.
I’m hoping to alleviate my anxious mind…
I arrive at bank station and follow Google maps to the bar. What I thought would be a small hip bar turned out to be more like a scene out of the Great Gatsby.
Being around so much money made me uncomfortable.
“I guess I won’t be eating here” my stomach grumbled resentfully.
I walked down stairs and announced myself to the members reception.
Then I was guided to my table. Across from me was I’d consider a mentor.
This woman had the power to turn any situation to her benefit. No matter what negative or objection here was always an angle to move around it.
In venting my problems I found she had a way to make me see clearly the situation for what it was and how to approach it.
Every problem becomes an opportunity. An opportunity to dig/investigate and come up with solutions.
Money worries become a 7 step plan to find the perfect job. Relationship issues become conversations that need to be had.
I came away from the meeting realising the every problem is an opportunity in disguise. Your problems are just telling you about actions that need to be taken or situations that should be accepted.
The most profound thing Tom Manning told me was to think by doing. And to some extent I feel these kinds of conversations lent to that philosophy.
The obstacle is the way is a book that recently enlightened me to a new way of perceiving problems.
Stoics saw obstacles as inevitable and something to be ready for in all endeavours. They saw challenges and a test of wit and will and sought to be prepared.
Here are some of my favourite exerts so far:
“We suffer more often in imagination than in reality”
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca
“Focus on the moment, not the monsters that may or may not be up ahead.”
“Just because your mind tells you that something is awful or evil or unplanned or otherwise negative doesn’t mean you have to agree. Just because other people say that something is hopeless or crazy or broken to pieces doesn’t mean it is. We decide what story to tell ourselves.”
The copy scores 67.4 in the Flesch Reading Ease test