Opportunity Knocks

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What can you do to cultivate an opportunity mindset so that you, too, can turn your problems into profits? Here are three tips:

1.Be sensitive to your thoughts. The moment you find yourself feeling anger or frustration, tell your mind "Shut up!" Understand that when you allow negative thoughts to take charge, you lose control of your destiny. Your power to succeed lies in your commitment to control your thoughts.

2.Aggressively look for opportunities. When you hit a roadblock, ask yourself questions like "How can I profit from this situation? What can I learn from this that can add value to my business? How can I turn this obstacle into an opportunity?" As you write your answers in a journal or on a sheet of paper, you'll find yourself energized and driven to get back into the race.

3.Take action today. The aTelo founders didn't waste time. The day they were turned down by the investment banker, they resolved to learn from the experience and pursue their dream with added vigor.

What about you? Whatever your problem, resist the temptation to complain, grumble or worry. These negative emotions can tighten you up, keeping you from seeing the real opportunities that come with every obstacle. When you learn to convert your greatest obstacles into opportunities for profit, nothing can stop you from succeeding.

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Sean Lyden is the CEO of Prestige Positioning (a service of The Professional Writing Firm Inc.), an Atlanta-based firm that "positions" clients as leading experts in their field-through ghost-written articles and books for publication. Clients include Morgan Stanley, IFG Securities, SunTrust Service Corp. and several professional advisory and management consulting firms nationwide.

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This article was originally published in the October 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Opportunity Knocks.

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