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Make the most of obstacles

"Amor fati - a love of fate" Stoics believe in accepting everything that comes our way with grace and making the best of it. How we chose to look at a situation, our perception of it, will ultimately determine the outcome.

Stoics believe in accepting everything that comes our way with grace and making the best of it. How we chose to look at a situation, our perception of it, will ultimately determine the outcome.

The What

Amor Fati, celebrating your fate and turning obstacles into opportunities.

Did you know that…

  • Disney was founded during the great depression of 1929, the worst financial crisis in history.

  • Instagram started life as a prototype app, which nobody used, called Burbn, that its creator had developed to learn to code. It was only when they stripped it back to a basic photo-sharing app that things changed.

  • Air B and B was founded leading up to the financial crash of 2007 when two entrepreneurs rented out a mattress in their living room as a means to pay their rent. 

The Why

It’s the obstacles we face every day that provide the biggest opportunities to grow. It might not feel like it at the time but facing and overcoming obstacles helps us to learn new skills, pivot and strengthen our resilience. They give us the tools we need to succeed. Think about all the experience you’ve gained since starting your businesses and all the obstacles you’ve overcome. Celebrate them all as the wonderful opportunities they are.

The How

Here are three ways you can change your perception and turn an obstacle into an opportunity.

  1. Look for the Positives – When you’re in the thick of it, finding a positive can be challenging. Dig deep and identify as many positives as you can. It will help you to accept the situation for what it is and to approach it from a neutral place, without judgement. It’s much easier to sort things out when we’re clear, calm and focused.

  2. Find Solutions – Think about all the potential solutions there could be. Break them down into bite-sized chunks and navigate them one step at a time. You might need to approach things in a slightly round-about way to get to where you need to be. If the kitchen is on fire, the first thing you need to do is sound the alarm. Eventually, though, you might end up with a much better kitchen!

  3. Get Help – If you don’t have all the skills to sort things out on your own, find people who do and who can help you. Be gracious and you’ll find that most people will be happy to help.

Make sure you continue to look for all the positives and make the best of all the opportunities that come your way!

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