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Starve Problems and Feed Opportunities

“Starve Problems and Feed Opportunities” is a well known phrase used by Peter Drucker the recognized father of management science.

Perhaps this is one of the most important subjects in Network Marketing, that I could cover, yet it won’t be recognized as such because people never seem to learn from experience. Do you focus on your problems or your opportunities in life?

Often, focusing on your problems is kindred to focusing upon your past and there is not much that can be gained from looking backwards instead of forwards. Of course, I am not trying to discount learning from history or past mistakes but it’s time to move on.

I like various verses in the book of Proverbs because they paint pictures to make the point. Here is a good one in Proverbs 26, verses 20 and 21: “Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.”

Do you feed your problems in life? Do you continually pour lighter fluid on the flames and keep stirring the fire to give it life? That’s how a lot of people deal with life. They focus on their problems and stir the coals over, and over, and over.

Here’s another great passage in Proverbs 26:17, “He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.”

You will quickly learn in Network Marketing that you aren’t a Professional Psychologist (unless you are one) and there are many subjects that should just be avoided. If there is contention and strife then quit adding wood to the fire or stirring the coals. Life has a lot of issues that are just not worth dealing with and it’s like grabbing a dog by the ears–expect the consequences!

The largest problem with focusing on problems is the distraction from concentrating on the current opportunities.

Successful people and companies focus on opportunities!


One thought on “Starve Problems and Feed Opportunities

  1. Thank you for expounding on the idea of starving the problems and feeding opportunities. I suppose starving problems is like avoiding them especially if there is nothing we can do about solving them. But problems with variables in our control to change we should make sound decisions to overcome those problems as it might lead to opportunities.

    Posted by Scot | November 2, 2012, 9:26 am

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