How you define a situation, shapes how you approach it.
When you don’t like a person, even when they sneeze very far away from you, it will validate why you don’t like them.
When you like a person, even when they sneeze close to you, you will say “bless-you” and hand them Kleenex with a smile.
When you define your work environment as a problem, it will become a problem even when nothing happens, but when you look at it as an opportunity, you will seize the moment even when it is chaotic.
When you feel no one cares, you can sulk and despair because no one cares, or you can say, I’m going to experiment with as many things as possible, even if I fail, no one cares, what an opportunity.
Sir Ken Robinson says:
“It’s not weather or not you are intelligent, it is how intelligent are you?”
Everyone is intelligent, because we have different types of intelligences, there is no one type of IQ.
No one has a learning disability, we are just intelligent in different ways.
Efosa Ojomo talks about Africa not focusing on alleviating poverty but on creating prosperity. He gives an example:
No one goes to school to avoid getting an F, but they go to school to get an A.
Prof Vigario always emphasized focusing on increasing revenue and not cutting costs.
You can cut costs up to zero and but you can increase revenue limitlessly.
Instead of seeing the roughly 600 million people in Africa who don’t have electricity as only a sign of their immense poverty, we should see them as a vast market-creation opportunity waiting to be captured.
It should be a call to innovate, not a flag of caution.
The story of the two shoes salesman in Africa:
First one says: “No one here wears any shoes, there is no market for us here!”.
The other salesman sent a message: “No one here wears any shoes, there is a huge market for us, send inventory fast!”.
When I left a secured job to be an entrepreneur, I didn’t focus on the salary I forfeited, I focused on the freedom and flexibility I gained.
How you define a situation is very important because it shapes your approach.
It may sound like a small thing, but it’s not, it’s huge, very huge.